ENVIRONMENT

Riley Environmental Agency to Roll Back Air Pollution Law

The Alabama Environmental Council is wondering why the Riley administration is trying to roll back a 29-year-old air pollution law, given that five counties in Alabama have been certified as failing national air quality standards for soot. “Air pollution control technology has improved so much in the past 29 years that compliance now should be…

Bush Administration Plans to Erase Endangered Species

The Bush administration plans to gut 35 years of policy protections for endangered species before leaving the White House in January, experts say. But scientists and activists are trying to expose the plan and stop it. According to the Center for Biological Diversity, Secretary of Interior Dirk Kempthorne is pushing “devastating” changes to the Endangered…

DC Court Invalidates Bush EPA Mercury Loophole

Glynn Wilson Alabama Power’s Miller Steam Plant on the Locust Fork fouls the air and water… by Glynn Wilson QUINTON, Ala., Feb. 9 – A mentally retarded boy stood in the middle of the country road in front of a ramshackle house trailer and a burned down shack, casting a sideways glance in my direction…

Beauty And Beastly Pollution On The Black Warrior River

Photo by Glynn Wilson The Red Star coal mine looms as an ugly brown blotch on the mountainside amongst the autumn color and the great blue herons on the Black Warrior River by Glynn Wilson COPELAND FERRY, Ala., Nov. 3 – The great blue herons were already fishing when we put the shiny aluminum Black…

Secret Vistas: A River Runs Through It

Editor’s Note: Editor and Publisher Glynn Wilson usually writes a weekly column on Sunday. by Glynn Wilson Editor and Publisher LOCUST FORK RIVER, Blount County, Ala., July 30 – “I am haunted by waters,” author Norman Maclean wrote in the conclusion to his memoir A River Runs Through It. It is a line that will…