Coalition addresses concerns about contamination - ABC 33/40 - Birmingham News, Weather, Sports

Coalition addresses concerns about contamination

Posted: Updated:
A North Birmingham resident expressed his frustrations during a meeting with EPA officials and Walter Coke representatives Thursday night. (abc3340.com) A North Birmingham resident expressed his frustrations during a meeting with EPA officials and Walter Coke representatives Thursday night. (abc3340.com)
? Former Federal Judge U.W. Clemon was in attendance Thursday night. (abc3340.com) ? Former Federal Judge U.W. Clemon was in attendance Thursday night. (abc3340.com)
BIRMINGHAM - AL -

People in North Birmingham are taking a step toward cleaning up problems from pollution. They say pollutants from the Walter Coke plant in North Birmingham are to blame for illnesses.

Neighbors say a black residue is on their homes and businesses. There's  confusion on if it's contaminated and what the dangers are but neighbors say they're not waiting around to find out. 

"I don't think anyone in their right mind would want to come and rebuild without knowing that this situation has been conquered," one neighbor said during the meeting.

Neighbors are taking matters into their own hands - forming a coalition aimed at helping cleanup North Birmingham. 

"The only thing I can do is put the hose on it," Charles Barber, Jr. who lives in Collegeville said.

"I just look forward to the revitalization of the communities," another resident said.

"The Coalition is a body of people who can help to address those various concerns," James Pinkney, EPA Public Affairs officer said.

"It's just like a cake. It's dusty," Barber said.

Charles Barber Jr. has spent all his life in Collegeville and with each passing year, new health problems emerge.

"I have respiratory problems and things like this," he said. "I have purchased respiratory things and humidifiers to try to make my life much better."

The agency brought in by Walter Coke found no contamination. But the EPA says there IS contamination. And much more testing needs to be done.

Neighbors here are now making a list of what the coalition needs to focus on to help them move on. They prioritized medical care, access to healthy fresh foods, and added housing. 

"The Coalition will help bring together the communities to address the environmental concerns in the community," Pinkney said. "It will also allow them to have one voice to address community concerns rather than going to meetings and talking about separate things, we'll have everyone there at one time."

 

  • Central Alabama NewsMore>>

  • Moody High School students mourn death of classmate

    Moody High School students mourn death of classmate

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 3:51 PM EDT2014-08-19 19:51:03 GMT
    Students at Moody High School are mourning the loss of their classmate. 16-year-old Jonathan Harris, a sophomore died Monday night from injuries sustained in a weekend rollover accident on Roberts Mill Pond Road in Pell City. Students wore blue on Tuesday, the school color of Moody High School, the same color he wore on the football field and on the wrestling mat. "Jonathan was always one of those kids who had a smile on his face. You would never catch him frowning or in a bad mood. He was ...More >>
    Students at Moody High School are mourning the loss of their classmate. 16-year-old Jonathan Harris, a sophomore died Monday night from injuries sustained in a weekend rollover accident on Roberts Mill Pond Road in Pell City. Students wore blue on Tuesday, the school color of Moody High School, the same color he wore on the football field and on the wrestling mat. "Jonathan was always one of those kids who had a smile on his face. You would never catch him frowning or in a bad mood. He was ...More >>
  • Alabama alligator hunter demolishes state record with 15-foot, 1000-pound gator

    Alabama alligator hunter demolishes state record with 15-foot, 1000-pound gator

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 12:35 PM EDT2014-08-19 16:35:24 GMT
    A family battled a 1,000-pound alligator for more than five hours, putting several large hooks into the beast before firing a fatal shotgun blast into the gator's head.More >>
    A family battled a 1,000-pound alligator for more than five hours, putting several large hooks into the beast before firing a fatal shotgun blast into the gator's head.
    More >>
  • Essential oils not allowed to be kept in JeffCo schools

    Essential oils not allowed to be kept in JeffCo schools

    Monday, August 18 2014 5:02 PM EDT2014-08-18 21:02:48 GMT
    The latest item to hit school ban lists are essential oils. Parents say these plant oils help their children suffering from seemingly most ailments from asthma to allergies. Jefferson County schools will not allow school nurses to administer them. Students cannot even keep them in lockers.More >>
    The latest item to hit school ban lists are essential oils. Parents say these plant oils help their children suffering from seemingly most ailments from asthma to allergies. Jefferson County schools will not allow school nurses to administer them. Students cannot even keep them in lockers.
    More >>
Most Popular
Stories
Videos
loading...