Three BIG public hearings coming up in Alabama! Let your voice be heard!

Dear River Defender,

​The new year is starting off with a bang with three important public hearings for you to TAKE ACTION to #DefendRivers. We encourage you to attend these hearings and submit comments. Please let us know if you have any questions or if you have a public meeting in your area you would like to promote.

Public hearing on “beneficial use” of waste by-products for land application

Tuesday, January 7 at 1:30 pm | ADEM in Montgomery

This is an opportunity to share your concerns about the dumping of sludge, biosolids, and waste from municipal, industrial, and private sources on land across Alabama.

 Click here to read more.

Gaston Steam Plant Public Hearing 

Thursday, January 9 at 6 pm | Shelby County High School in Columbiana

Join Coosa Riverkeeper, Alabama Rivers Alliance and conservation groups around the state for the Gaston Steam Plant public hearing concerning the steam plant’s National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. If you love Lay Lake, the Coosa, or any of Alabama’s waterways— this is your opportunity to make your voice heard to the Alabama Department of Environmental Management and Alabama Power Company.  

This hearing is for the steam plant’s National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit that specifically regulates the amount of wastewater discharge from the plant including: stormwater, coal ash pond (that APCO’s self-reported data shows is contaminating groundwater), gypsum pond, cooling towers discharge, etc…. and what toxins they can discharge into river and in what amount.

Click here to read more.

Coosa River Toll Bridge Public Hearing 

Tuesday, January 13 at 5:30 pm | Talladega County Courthouse

Let your voice be heard about the proposed privately-owned toll bridge connecting Talladega and Shelby Counties over Lay Lake on the Coosa River at a public hearing. 

Our partners at Coosa Riverkeeper have a lot of concerns about this bridge, its impact on the lake, and the local communities who rely on the lake.  

Click here to learn more and send your comments for Coosa Riverkeeper today! 


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