The struggle in Uniontown isn’t new. Check out these 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 take on the issue of 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 environmental and societal crisis, the group’s meetings grew larger and the overall plan to fight the landfill grew with identified targets and specific goals. Black Belt Citizens elected their first Board of Directors in 2010. From 2010-2012, the group worked hard to educate and protect impacted residents and connected with environmental experts and concerned citizens.

Goat Hill Project, March 2, 2011