[sixties-l] Fwd: Dump Along Historic Civil Rights Trail OK'd

From: radman (resist@best.com)
Date: 10/27/00

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    >Wednesday October 25
    >Dump Along Historic Ala. Trail OK'd
    >By BILL POOVEY, Associated Press Writer
    >MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A garbage company longing to put a dump
    >along the Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights trail has been given a final,
    >unanimous green light by Alabama environmental officials.
    >The Environmental Management Commission on Tuesday rejected further delay
    >of the landfill planned along the
    >U.S. 80 route where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led a successful 1965
    >march for suffrage.
    >The commission also rejected the extension of hearings, where opponents
    >have called the Lowndesboro landfill
    >proposal an example of ``environmental racism'' since 75 percent of the
    >town's 13,100 residents are black.
    >The commission's vote cleared the way for construction on the 600-acre site
    >to begin - and for the case to be
    >heard in court.
    >Prior to Tuesday's vote, Lowndesboro Mayor John Nichols had been optimistic
    >that a glitch in the permit
    >would halt the project. After Tuesday's defeat, he pledged to challenge the
    >project in court.
    >The glitch Nichols had been counting on occurred in July, when Alabama
    >Disposal Solutions was issued a
    >permit based on a request by co-owner Lanny Young. At the time he was not a
    >managing partner, entitled to
    >apply on the company's behalf, as he is now, Young admits.
    >Alabama's Environmental Management Department, in an Oct. 23 letter, gave
    >the company until Friday to
    >prove Young had been entitled at the time he applied, under threat of
    >having the permit revoked.
    >Environmental officials declined comment.
    >Opponents maintain that dump trucks would desecrate the 50-mile stretch of
    >U.S. 80. In 1965, Voting rights
    >marchers took that route to Montgomery following ``Bloody Sunday'' in
    >Selma, where Alabama troopers had
    >beaten an earlier group.
    >Young has said the landfill won't be seen from the highway.

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