Africatown Public Comment Opportunity: Kimberly-Clark’s Air Pollution Permit

Speak Up for Environmental Justice TODAY!

The deadline for Public Comment on the Kimberly-Clark Corporation paper mill and distribution center’s Draft Clean Air Act Title V Major Source Operating Permit (Draft Title V Permit) is tomorrow, Friday, April 23 by 5pmCST, but there’s still time to demand that the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) perform an Environmental Justice review as part of the permit!

Insultingly, 27 years after Executive Order 12898 that established Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice, ADEM still does not perform any of the required Environmental Justice reviews as part of its federal air permitting program when it comes to Africatown air polluters.

It’s time to tell ADEM to do the right thing and consider Environmental Justice factors in its air pollution permits for Africatown polluters like Kimberly-Clark!

Email or Telephone your comments to:
Ronald W. Gore, Chief
ADEM-Air Division
(334) 271-7861
airmail@adem.alabama.gov
(All comments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday April 23, 2021)


In the past couple of years alone, federal air permits drafted by ADEM for significant Africatown air polluters including UOP LLC (petrochemical refinery), Plains Marketing LP (petrochemical storage tank farm), and Kemira Chemicals INC (petrochemical refinery) have all simply skipped the mandate to perform any Environmental Justice review.

If you find that upsetting, please tell ADEM to do the right thing and consider Environmental Justice factors in its air pollution permits for Africatown polluters like Kimberly-Clark!

Email or Telephone your comments to:
Ronald W. Gore, Chief
ADEM-Air Division
(334) 271-7861
airmail@adem.alabama.gov
(All comments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday April 23, 2021)


MEJAC and our partners at Africatown~C.H.E.S.S., Mobile AL NAACP, GASP (Birmingham), and the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (New Orleans) have routinely objected to ADEM’s administration of federal air permits in Africatown, and in our reviews of the permits we’ve mentioned, including Kimberly-Clark’s, we’ve found glaring problems not just with the lack of Environmental Justice reviews but with record keeping requirements, pollution estimates, fugitive dust requirements, facility compliance histories, and much, much more.

We are still analyzing what all this means for our work, but we will keep the communities we fight for informed and will share our findings publicly on the MEJAC blog very soon.

In the meantime, please submit your public comment to ADEM and tell them to do the right thing and consider Environmental Justice factors in its air pollution permits for Africatown polluters like Kimberly-Clark!

Email or Telephone your comments to:
Ronald W. Gore, Chief
ADEM-Air Division
(334) 271-7861
airmail@adem.alabama.gov
(All comments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday April 23, 2021)

Down the Bay & Orange Grove EJ Petitions Delivered to US Army Corps of Engineers

MEJAC delivered a petition with 101 local citizen signatures requesting the US Army Corps of Engineers Mobile District to adhere to the environmental justice consultation process it has publicly promised would happen with the Down the Bay and Orange Grove communities during its Mobile Harbor GRR process of considering the impacts of enlarging the Mobile Harbor ship channel to expand Port of Mobile commerce.

Our organization still hasn’t received a reply to any part of the letter MEJAC sent in early April 2018 formally requesting a response to these and other concerns. But come to think of it, MEJAC has never received a formal response regarding the first letter we sent back in February 2016 about the Mobile Harbor GRR/SEIS scoping process, either. Continue reading

US Senator Cory Booker Encourages Resistance while in Africatown to Study Regional Environmental Concerns

Anderson Flen addresses the Senator Booker and those gathered to host him in Africatown

Mobile County Training High School Alumni Association President Anderson Flen addresses New Jersey US Senator Cory Booker and those gathered to host him in Africatown, Joe Womack of MEJAC and Colette Pichon-Battle of the US Human Rights Network, “Ours is a powerful story.” (MEJAC)

US Senator Cory Booker Encourages Resistance while in Africatown to Study Regional Environmental Concerns
Historic significance and environmental justice attracted the national figure’s attention

6/29/2017 –  Africatown’s internationally prestigious history of being the first landfall for the last African slaves brought into North America during the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade inspired US Senator Cory Booker to come to the Mobile community last weekend expressly to connect with Africatown and regional environmental justice advocates as part of a learning and listening tour to better understand the real issues of environmental and climate justice impacts in the Gulf South. Continue reading

MEJAC’s Public Comment on the Scope of the Mobile Harbor Ship Channel Deepening and Widening EIS

Mobile Harbor Project Image

Mobile Bay’s Mobile Harbor Project Plan Map

A little over a year ago, the US Army Corps of Engineers (US ACoE) requested community and stakeholder input regarding the scope of what they should considering in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) of their General Reevaluation Report (GRR) proposed deepening and widening of Mobile Bay’s shipping channel, referred to by US ACoE as the Mobile Harbor Federal Navigation Channel.

The letter below was sent by MEJAC to the US ACoE to assist in guiding the scope of US ACoE’s EIS.

MEJAC will be looking for articulate responses to each of the concerns raised in this letter on Thursday, March 16 at US ACoE’s first EIS open house and throughout the GRR process:

Thursday, March 16, 2017
5:30-7:30pm

Bayfront Pavilion
6200 Bayfront Park Drive
Daphne, Alabama Continue reading