EPA to Hold ‘Listening Session’ on TVA Coal Ash in Uniontown

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A close view of the growing coal ash mountain in Perry County, Alabama

There will be a community listening session about the Arrowhead Landfill in Uniontown, Alabama hosted by Environmental Protection Agency Region 4 administrator Gwen Keyes Fleming on Wednesday, June 15 from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Uniontown Elementary School, 425 West Ave, Uniontown, Ala. 36786 (near Old Thomaston Road).

During the past year, EPA has received several community letters from Uniontown, Alabama concerning the Arrowhead Landfill and the shipments of Coal Ash into the community after the TVA spill, according to an EPA press release. On March 6-7, 2011, Region 4 EPA’s Chief of Staff, Javoyne Hicks White alongside her staff conducted a pre-planning meeting with community leaders from Uniontown to utilize their feedback on the best ways to implement a successful Listening Session reaching the different populations that live close to the Arrowhead Landfill.


Purpose of Community Listening Session

The Uniontown, Alabama Community Listening Session gives community members an opportunity to voice their opinions and concerns about the Arrowhead Landfill. During the listening session, EPA intentionally becomes the audience with a listening ear focusing on what the community is actually saying.

How does a Community Listening Session work?

The doors to the Community Listening Session will open at 6:30 p.m. Participants will need to sign-in, then choose to either voice their concerns publically (at the microphone) or by writing their comments on a 5 X 7 index card. There will be a total of 25 slots for microphone presentations. These will be assigned on a first-come first-serve basis. Each microphone presentation will be given 3 minutes each totaling 75 minutes of community discussion.

What are the Goals of the Meeting?

As a result of the Listening Session, the Regional Administrator and her staff gain information and knowledge about the community’s concerns. Further, the EPA will share interdepartmentally the information gained from the listening session and use it as a compass to help address issues that are in its jurisdiction.

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