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New Interactive Maps of Statewide Groundwater Pollution Reveal Threat Posed by Alabama Power, Power South Coal Ash Pits

New Interactive Maps of Statewide Groundwater Pollution Reveal Threat Posed by Alabama Power, Power South Coal Ash Pits

Four Alabama environmental organizations have released new interactive maps highlighting groundwater pollution reported by Alabama Power and Power South at coal ash pits throughout the state. Alabama Power’s federally required monitoring shows significant pollution of groundwater with arsenic, radium, and more. Pollution has persisted even after Alabama Power closed their leaking Gadsden pit using cap-in-place - the same method it plans for millions of tons of coal ash in their pits statewide.

Alabama Power Receives Maximum Fine for Capped-in-Place Coal Ash Pit Leaking Arsenic, Radium into Nearby Groundwater

Alabama Power Receives Maximum Fine for Capped-in-Place Coal Ash Pit Leaking Arsenic, Radium into Nearby Groundwater

rsenic and radium are still leaking from Plant Gadsden’s unlined coal ash pit after Alabama Power closed it using the cap-in-place method. This is the same method the utility plans to use for Plant Barry’s coal ash pit, located just 25 miles north of Mobile on the Mobile River. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) proposed the maximum fine of $250,000 for Alabama Power’s violations at Plant Gadsden.  

First Annual SWAMP Bi-County Conference

First Annual SWAMP Bi-County Conference

Please join us on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Weeks Bay Resource Center for our first Strategic Watershed Awareness and Monitoring Program (SWAMP) Bi-County Conference.

Nine Years After BP: Where Are We?

(Mobile, Ala.) - April 20, 2019, will mark the 9-year anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, when more than 200 million gallons of oil surged through the Gulf of Mexico for 87 days. The State of Alabama released an excellent progress report last year noting dollars spent on restoration, projects moving forward, data being collected, and prospects for the future. The more challenging part to explain is what it took to get here.

Magnolia Springs Ramps Up Partnership with Mobile Baykeeper's SWIM Program

(Mobile, Ala.) - The Town of Magnolia Springs is clearly happy with Mobile Baykeeper: they are renewing and expanding their partnership this year with an additional SWIM site. Swim Where It's Monitored (SWIM) is a water quality monitoring program that informs citizens of the safety of their favorite swimming and fishing spots. In 2018, Magnolia Springs became the first municipality to sponsor a site to inform and protect their citizens.

Flooding in the Delta Highlights Threat of Catastrophic Coal Ash Spill

(Mobile, Ala.) - On January 7 2019, during the height of flooding in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, Mobile Baykeeper staff flew with SouthWings over the Delta to observe Alabama Power’s 597-acre unlined coal ash pit. More than 21 million tons of toxic coal ash in the pit is only held back by an earthen (dirt) dam and views from the air and the river show flood water dangerously covering as much as 15 feet of the 25 foot dam. 

New Rule Threatens Important Protections for Wetlands, Creeks, and Groundwater

(Mobile, Ala.) - A proposed rule change announced today would strip the Clean Water Act of important protections. Analysis by the Southern Environmental Law Center and the EPA shows the proposal would remove critical safeguards from nearly 60% of Alabama’s 130,000+ miles of creeks and 75% of the state’s wetlands.

Alabama Summer Recreation Season Begins Today Despite Sewage Threats

Alabama Summer Recreation Season Begins Today Despite Sewage Threats

Though millions of Alabamians are ready for summer outdoor recreation, their nearby sewage treatment facilities may not be. Alabama still lacks comprehensive regulations for minimum standards of public notification when sewage spills occur.

Mobile Baykeeper Files Lawsuit Against Daphne Utilities for Clean Water Act Violations

Mobile Baykeeper Files Lawsuit Against Daphne Utilities for Clean Water Act Violations

The utility has failed to comply with its permit by falsely reporting, failing to report, and underreporting sewer spills into local rivers, creeks, and bays. 

Mobile Baykeeper Awarded $91,000 EPA Grant to Expand Watershed Program into South Mobile County

Mobile Baykeeper Awarded $91,000 EPA Grant to Expand Watershed Program into South Mobile County

Funding will enable Baykeeper to expand watershed education and monitoring program into South Mobile County at Alma Bryant High School. 

Mobile Baykeeper Awarded $87,000 Grant to Expand Watershed Program into Fairhope

Mobile Baykeeper Awarded $87,000 Grant to Expand Watershed Program into Fairhope

Funding will enable Baykeeper to expand watershed education and monitoring program into Baldwin County at Fairhope High School.