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Black Warrior Riverkeeper Demands New Leadership in Lance LeFleur’s Annual Job Evaluation

 

For Immediate Release: July 30, 2018

Contact: Eva Dillard, Staff Attorney, Black Warrior Riverkeeper: edillard@blackwarriorriver.org, 205-458-0095

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The bribery and corruption trial U.S. v. Gilbert, et al yielded many disturbing revelations, including the failures of leaders at the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) and the Alabama Environmental Management Commission (AEMC) to avoid conflicts of interest with those whom they regulate.

There and in many other instances, ADEM Director Lance LeFleur has failed to lead the Department in a manner that advances its official mission “to assure for all citizens of the State a safe, healthful and productive environment.”

Coincidentally, LeFleur’s annual job evaluation and public comments are due today, July 30.

This morning, Black Warrior Riverkeeper emailed its evaluation of Director LeFleur to the Personnel Committee of the AEMC, which oversees ADEM. The letter calls for LeFleur’s resignation or termination due to his consistent failure to lead and advance ADEM’s mission.

Groups signing Black Warrior Riverkeeper’s letter include Alabama Rivers Alliance, Cahaba River Society, Cahaba Riverkeeper, Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper, Environmental Defense Alliance, Friends of Hurricane Creek, Friends of the Locust Fork River, Gasp, Little River Waterkeeper, and Tennessee Riverkeeper.

For a copy of the letter, click here.

Update (4:00 PM, August 14, 2018): Village Creek Society has officially indicated their support for this letter and a related August 14, 2018 letter calling Governor Kay Ivey to hold the Alabama Environmental Management Commission accountable in light of the trial: blackwarriorriver.org/letter-urges-governor-to-hold-aemc-accountable/

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Black Warrior Riverkeeper’s mission is to protect and restore the Black Warrior River and its tributaries. The citizen-based nonprofit organization promotes clean water for the sake of public health, recreation, and wildlife habitat throughout the Black Warrior River watershed.

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