30 Mar '18, 6pm

The EPA left this town in the dust. What happens now?

The EPA left this town in the dust. What happens now?

This story was originally published by Mother Jones and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The residents of Uniontown, a poor, majority-black town in rural Alabama, are used to being ignored by the federal government. For years, they have fought against the Arrowhead landfill, a site that they say is negatively impacting the environment and forcing residents to cope with offensive odors, upper respiratory infections, headaches, and vomiting among other symptoms. The Environmental Protection Agency accepted a civil rights complaint from Uniontown in 2013, but earlier this month, the EPA announced that its External Civil Rights Compliance Office was “resolving and closing” the complaint citing “insufficient evidence” to find that the state violated any civil rights. Have their options run out? “They’re not giving up by any stretch,” says Marianne E...

Full article: https://grist.org/article/the-epa-left-this-town-in-the-d...

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