Letter Urges Governor to Hold AEMC Accountable

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Alabama Environmental Organizations Urge Governor Ivey to Hold Alabama Environmental Management Commission Accountable

For Immediate Release:
August 14, 2018

Contact: Kelly Marshall | 205.322.6395 | [email protected]

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. –  Environmental organizations throughout Alabama have joined together to ask Governor Ivey to hold the Alabama Environmental Management Commission (EMC) accountable for actions revealed during the recent bribery and corruption trial U.S. v. Gilbert.

The groups urge Ivey to ask for the resignation of any Commissioners who participated in the actions brought forth during the trial, and any Commissioner who believes there is nothing wrong with these actions. Further, the organizations ask the governor to address the perpetuated biased and unfair culture that has failed the people of Alabama by appointing “Commissioners who will be committed to the ideals of transparency and equal access, and direct the EMC to better serve the public interest moving forward.”

This request follows the submission of public comments from eleven environmental groups concerning ADEM Director Lance LeFleur’s annual job evaluation on July 30.

Groups signing Alabama Rivers Alliance’s letter include Black Warrior Riverkeeper, Cahaba River Society, Cahaba Riverkeeper, Friends of Hurricane Creek/Hurricane Creekkeeper, Friends of the Locust Fork River, Gasp and Tennessee Riverkeeper.

For a copy of the letter, please click here. 

Update (4:00 PM, August 14, 2018): Village Creek Society has officially indicated their support for both letters (the July 30 request for ADEM Director Lance LeFleur’s resignation or termination, and the August 14 request for Governor Ivey to hold the EMC accountable).

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