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Hot Blast: How Alabama became the nation's dumping ground

ADEM idea concerning PCB study worries environmentalists

A public advisory against eating fish from Choccolocco Creek is seen on Alabama 77 outside Lincoln. An Alabama Department of Environmental Management proposal to shift waterways to different pollution control programs has some concerned. (Anniston Star photo by Stephen Gross)

Anniston is hardly the only Alabama city to suffer from historical troubles of environmental pollution. Alabamians are well aware of how Black Belt cities and urban areas have long been used as dumping grounds for industries that take advantage of our state's weak environmental pollution laws and feckless politicians.

Given that, I urge you to read this from The Guardian of London: "'We're not a dump' – poor Alabama towns struggle under the stench of toxic landfills."