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Alabama Center for Rural Enterprise

A new report on sanitation and drinking water has singled out Lowndes County, Alabama for its widespread lack of sewage systems for its residents.

According to the report from the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, around 80 percent of Lowndes County residents don’t have access to municipal waste treatment and have to install their own septic systems. Those systems can cost up to $30,000 thanks to the type of soil in the area, and the median household income in Lowndes County is just $26,000.

A coalition of environmental activists is sounding the alarm about a plan the Tennessee Valley Authority is considering for storing its coal ash.

The TVA is closing down existing coal ash pond storage facilities at 10 power plants.

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Environmental groups are suing to block a 52-mile highway that would complete a perimeter road around metro Birmingham.

The Southern Environmental Law Center filed the federal lawsuit Friday on behalf of Black Warrior Riverkeeper.

The suit contends the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to follow the Clean Water Act and other laws when it approved permits for the first construction phase of the so-called Northern Beltline.

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Two groups have asked a federal agency to reconsider the license renewal for Alabama Power's seven dams on the Coosa River.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved Alabama Power's new license last month. The Alabama Rivers Alliance and American Rivers say more study is needed. Alabama Rivers Alliance program director Mitch Reid says the renewal was a bad decision based on bad data. The two groups are being represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center.