Thanks to those who took action and wrote letters demanding better public notification of sewer spills, ADEM has made two new tools available to the public that begin to help address the issue of notification.
A lightning storm knocked out power to pumps at Daphne Utilities Wastewater Treatment Plant. The outage lasted approximately 12 hours and approximately 500,000 gallons of sewage spilled into D'Olive Creek.
It is Mobile Baykeeper's firm belief that utilities must do their utmost to review their systems, determine where deficiencies exist, invest in their systems, and when a spill occurs ensure that immediate and widespread notification takes place!
Unfortunately, though, we can’t blame this issue on rain alone. As one of the rainiest cities in the country, we need better infrastructure systems in place to withstand the amount of rainfall we receive each year.
Mobile Baykeeper’s primary focus in commenting on the 2017 Ambient Air Monitoring Plan is safeguarding the health of citizens living in Coastal Alabama. We believe the protection of human health should be the most important factor driving decisions about ambient air monitoring.
Today we submitted comments on the Draft Future Land Use Plan, Master Street Plan, and Zoning Code and Subdivision Regulations as part of the Map for Mobile process. We believe these comments contain suggestions, that if implemented, will improve Mobilians' quality of life, protect our environment, and are very much in keeping with Mayor Stimpson's vision of having the "most family friendly city in America by 2020".
We must remember the summer of 2010, the loss and the fear we felt deep in our souls and the concerns we all shared so that we never allow ourselves to go back to that world. The world didn’t end in 2010, but neither did our work for Clean Water, Clean Air and Healthy Communities.
Citizens living on Hollinger's Island are concerned about current operations at Millard Maritime. Concerns include the facilities storage of up to 40,000 tons of fertilizer on the site and the potential for the fertilizer to impact nearby air and water quality.
The facility now plans to expand those operations. Mobile Baykeeper has submitted comments on behalf of our board, officers, staff and more than 4,500 members regarding two separate permits for the expansions proposed by Millard Maritime.