The struggle in Uniontown isn’t new, check out two JET Magazine articles from 1965 and 1972 (respectively) describing Uniontown’s political climate. The Black Belt Citizens Fighting for Health and Justice began organizational meetings in the summer of 2005 to address the proposed landfill. Despite widespread opposition, the landfill opened in 2007. When residents learned about the impending coal ash shipments, Black Belt Citizens fought hard to stop TVA and 4 million tons of toxic coal ash from the 2008 Kingston TVA disaster to be dumped in the Arrowhead Landfill. From 2009-2010, toxic coal ash was shipped by rail into the community and near-by residents began to witness horrific pollution problems and became concerned for their health and rights. As a result of the societal crisis, the group’s meetings grew larger and they elected their first Board of Directors in 2010. From 2010-2012, Black Belt Citizens educated impacted residents and connected concerned citizens with environmental experts.

Goat Hill Project, March 2011