In 2005, Black Belt Citizens Fighting for Health and Justice began organizational meetings to take on the issue of the proposed landfill.  When they found out about the impending coal ash shipments,  Black Belt Citizens fought hard to stop TVA from allowing the 4 million tons of toxic coal ash from the 2008 Kingston TVA disaster to be placed in the Arrowhead Landfill.  The Alabama Department of Environmental Management gave permission for the coal ash, then allowed under a “special permit” law, and ADEM got $1 a ton for their state agency.  From 2009-2010 coal ash was shipped by rail into our community and the near-by residents began to witness horrific pollution problems and became even more  concerned for their health and rights.  Community members still continued to meet at homes and discuss how to fight the landfill’s pollution.  After a while the meetings grew larger and more regular and the overall plan to fight the landfill grew with identified targets and specific goals. The Black Belt Citizens Fighting for Health and Justice elected William (Bill) Gibbs as their first President in 2010. The struggle in Uniontown isn’t new. Check out this article from JET Magazine in the early 70’s.

Goat Hill Project, March 2, 2011