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You Can Make a Difference! ADEM Hearing for Graves Creek & Locust Fork River
November 19, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Do you like to paddle the Locust Fork River?
ADEM needs to hear from you!
Do you like to visit Mardis Mill Falls, swim in Graves Creek or visit King’s Bend, the new public access and scenic overlook?
ADEM needs to hear from you!
— Speak at the public hearing
— Come to the hearing and show your support with your presence
— Write a letter, and deliver it in person at the hearing
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! COME TO THE ADEM HEARING TUES., NOV. 19, 6:00 pm, Blountsville American Legion Post 129, 1138 College St., Blountsville 35031.
BRING YOUR FRIENDS & FAMILY. YOU ARE THE VOICE FOR THE RIVER! Speak at the hearing &/or write a letter & tell the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) why better protection for Graves Creek & the Locust Fork River is important & matters to you. Tell why you want ADEM to require Tyson to better treat its wastewater & stormwater before discharging it into our waterways. Share your heartfelt experiences about Mardis Mill Falls, & on Graves Creek & the Locust Fork.
The new draft wastewater & stormwater discharge permit for Tyson’s Blountsville chicken processing plant allows the discharge of approximately 1.3 million gallons of wastewater PER DAY containing bacteria and nutrient pollution to Graves Creek, a tributary of the Locust Fork, & to the Locust Fork. It also allows Tyson to discharge polluted stormwater from the plant when it rains. The proposed discharges will occur upstream of popular public recreation areas on Graves Creek (Mardis Mill Falls) & the Locust Fork thus impacting King’s Bend, the new public access and scenic overlook at Hwy 79/US 231 bridge, the whitewater paddling section, Swann Covered Bridge, & Powell Falls.
ADEM sets the standards, & it’s ADEM that enforces them. Unfortunately for Blount County their record is appalling. Both standards & enforcement are lax. Tyson can comply with cleaner, safer discharges only if the standards are higher, & the technology exists for much cleaner discharges. In fact, Tyson utilizes better technology & practices in other states where the water quality standards are more stringent.
So, let’s get started. If you want more info or to see sample letters, go to the FLFR website, flfr.org.
Each letter should:
Be addressed to: ADEM, Russell Kelly, Chief Permits Division
Include the Permit # AL0001449 as well as
Date, & Sender’s name, address, & zip code
FLFR wants to hand deliver the letters at the Public Hearing.
So, either submit your letter via email to email@example.com or mail to:
Friends of the Locust Fork River
P.O. Box 638
Cleveland, AL 35049
Share this info widely, & come to the hearing! Bring a car load of folks with you. Bring your children, & let them see democracy in action!
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