In this session, senators and representatives from both parties united to overwhelmingly pass a bill that will move Alabama back to the forefront of states where hazardous waste can be brought in and dumped.
Remember Emelle, the Sumter County town hard against the Mississippi line that received national publicity as the place where anyone with nasty stuff they need to get rid of, can truck it in and leave it? During the administration of Gov. Guy Hunt, he and a coalition in that Legislature decided it was not a good thing to hang out a “dump here” sign on Alabama. So limits were put on the sort of waste that could be brought in, and fees for dumping were increased
Result: Emelle and Alabama were cleaner and safer.
But people in Sumter County lost jobs, and we all know that jobs are more important than public health or the reputation of the state. Thus, Emelle’s senator crafted a bill that would let the landfill cut its fees so that more waste will be brought in and dumped.
Once again Alabama took what one state worker called “the path of least responsibility.”
Along the interstates and on the railroads, this waste will be coming through our towns and villages, along our valleys and by our streams.
It is not the first time Montgomery has put the people at risk for the promise of jobs and profits and, unfortunately, it likely won’t be the last.