Court rules against Birmingham Water Works Board

December 21, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, December 19, 2016, Jefferson County Circuit Judges Robert Vance Jr. ruled that legislation sponsored by State Senator Jabo Waggoner (R-Vestavia) , SB89 to expand the Birmingham Water Works Board (BWWB) was passed legally and can now be implemented.

Former State Representative Paul DeMarco (R-Homewood) said, “Great news for Birmingham Water Works Board ratepayers. Jefferson County Circuit Judge Robert Vance Jr. rejected the board’s attempt to kill legislation to reform the board. I, along with Senator Jabo Waggoner drafted this legislation back in 2013 to pass much needed reforms to the water board. The board spent thousands of dollars on lobbyist to kill the effort to reform the board. Finally, after years of hard work Senator Waggoner along with Representatives Jim Carns and David Standridge got the bill passed through the Alabama Legislature. The fight for reform of the board is not over, but ratepayers prevailed today.”
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Alabama Drought is a Growing Disaster

October 25, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

As of October 20, 2016, 32 counties in Alabama have been designated as primary natural disaster areas and 15 additional counties are classified as contiguous counties by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) because of the ongoing drought.

The terrible drought conditions have led the US Department of Agriculture to make several drought assistance programs available to farmers in the affected counties.

Several programs are being offered by USDA-FSA.
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ADEM and Alabama Department of Health Withdraw their Health Advisory on Gadsden Water

May 24, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

By Monday, May 23, almost every news outlet in the state had reported that the Alabama Department of Environmental Management and Alabama Department of Public Health were warning that pregnant women, women who are nursing, infants, and infants on formula should not be drinking any water from the Gadsden Water Authority because of levels of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooactanoic acid (PFOA) that are above the new maximum standards suggested by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
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State Recovering from Week of Severe Weather

December 29, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday brought more rain to the State of Alabama and more locally heavy flash flooding.

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) said on Monday afternoon that 32 counties still had roads closed.

The Governor said that in, “Situations like these we, as elected officials, have to work together to provide for the needs of our residents who have lost so much.”

State Senator Paul Bussman (R-Cullman) said on Monday, “I have just finished 2 meetings regarding the flooding and tornado issues, one with State EMA director Art Faulkner and a conference call with Gov. Bentley. Fortunately, from the many natural disasters over the last few years, the system has ramped up very quickly. Life safety issues have had the most attention over the last few days. That portion is ramping down. Now, as the water recedes, property damage is being evaluated. This includes roads washed out, bridges damaged or destroyed and infrastructure damage to water systems, etc. Your local officials, mayors, county commissioners are working extremely hard to assess the damage and in many cases temporarily fixing the damage. Property owners need to document damage to homes, etc with pictures and then report that damage to the Red Cross or the local EMA so an assessment can be made of that damage. All of the damage estimates will be combined to determine what sources of aid are available. We will continue to stay on top of the problem and I want to thank all of those who have helped thus far. Again, we have seen neighbors helping neighbors. It is an honor to represent you.”
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Roby Says New EPA Water Rules Threaten Alabama Jobs

September 2, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, August 28, Federal Judge Ralph R. Erickson granted an injunction to states suing the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA), and the US Army Corps of Engineers, for an effort to dramatically expand federal power and authority over the American economy, by redefining their authority to include private ponds and drainage ditches. Congresswoman Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) applauded the judge’s ruling in a Monday, August 31, email to constituents. 
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Strange Said that Judge’s Ruling is First Step in Killing EPA’s Waters of the U.S. Rule

August 28, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, August 28, a federal judge issued an injunction on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) and the US Army Corps of Engineers’ effort to dramatically expand its power and authority, by redefining its authority to include private ponds and drainage ditches. Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange (R) applauded the ruling.

Luther Strange said on Facebook, “Obama’s EPA is dealt a blow as a federal judge partially blocks implementation of Waters of the US rule. A positive first step in the longer court battle to kill this illegal power grab against private property owners.”
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Palmer Supports Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking)

April 24, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, April 23 U.S. Representative Gary Palmer (R from Hoover) as a member of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, participated in a hearing entitled “Hydraulic Fracturing: Banning Proven Technologies on Possibilities Instead of Probabilities.”  

Following the hearing Rep. Palmer said that there are no confirmed instances of fracking polluting ground water and not demonstrated link between fracking and earthquakes.

Congressman Palmer said in a statement, “One of my first priorities in Congress is getting our fiscal house in order.  Between 2007-2013, the economy has seen increased gains of $74 billion per year as a result of fracking.  During this same period, consumer gas bills dropped by $13 billion in a result of increased fracking.  This is just the beginning. Advances in fracking technology have made America an energy superpower.  Accessing our energy reserves must be a major part of our economic recovery plan.”
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Roby Announces House Votes To Block New EPA Power Grab

September 15, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, September 10, U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R) from Montgomery announced in a written statement that the U.S. House of Representatives has passed a measure attempting to prevent an EPA overreach that would potentially harm Alabama’s farmers and foresters by imposing unnecessary environmental regulations.

Rep.  Martha Roby praised the House’s passage of H.R. 5078, The Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act, which prohibits the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from writing new rules that would further extend its authority to regulate bodies of water across the country.
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Bill to Reform Birmingham Water Works Passes out of House Health Committee

February 26, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, February 25 the Alabama House of Representatives voted to send HB 482 to the full Alabama House of Representatives with a favorable report.
HB 482 is sponsored by Representative Jim McClendon (R) from Springville who chairs the House Health Committee.  The legislation gives St. Clair County residents in Moody who get their water from the Birmingham Waterworks, representation for the first time on the Birmingham Waterworks Board which is controlled by the City Council of Birmingham even though more than half of the waterworks customers actually live outside of the city limits stretching out too St. Clair, Shelby, Blount, and Walker Counties.  The City of Moody and St. Clair County are hopeful that the powerful Birmingham Waterworks Board will agree to just sell its holdings in St. Clair County to the City of Moody, which already operates the sewer system in Moody, Argo, and Margaret.  If the St. Clair County assets are sold back to Moody then the St. Clair County seat on the Board would be abolished.
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Sewell Announces $4.8 million in Federal Funding for Uniontown Sewage Treatment Plant

August 6, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D) from Selma announced in a written statement that the U.S. Department of Agriculture was providing $4.8 Million in USDA Funding for the City of Uniontown to improve their wastewater treatment plant.

Representative Sewell said, “I am pleased that USDA will provide this essential funding to the City of Uniontown to help repair their existing waste water treatment plant.  Uniontown was in desperate need of funding due to an outdated waste water treatment facility and insufficient water meters.  These improvements are critically important to ensuring that families have access to clean and safe water. USDA’s consistent support for infrastructure projects reflects their commitment to ensuring rural communities have the vital services and resources they need to create jobs, strengthen economic development and improve quality of life for families.”
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