The Washington Post: The betrayal: How a lawyer, a lobbyist and a legislator waged war on an Alabama Superfund cleanup

The Washington Post, April 24th, 2019: The betrayal: How a lawyer, a lobbyist and a legislator waged war on an Alabama Superfund cleanup

In autumn of 2013, a senior executive from a powerful coal company and a lawyer from one of the state’s most influential firms hashed out a strategy for avoiding a serious — and expensive — problem.

The Environmental Protection Agency wanted to clean up toxic soil in the 35th Avenue Superfund site in north Birmingham, where residents, about 95 percent of them African Americans, live in the shadow of massive waste berms, industrial chimneys, and the fortresses of steel, coking and cement manufacturing.

 

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