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Uniontown Community Listening Session hosted by EPA to address Arrowhead Landfill

Release Date: 06/10/2011
Contact Information: James Pinkney, (404) 562-9183, pinkney.james@epa.gov

(Atlanta – June 10, 2011) – On Wednesday, June 15, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will host a public listening session in Uniontown, Ala. for community members to discuss opinions and issues concerning the Arrowhead Landfill.

The session will be held at Uniontown Elementary School at 425 West Ave., Uniontown, Ala. 36786 (near Old Thomaston Road) from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Participants will have an opportunity to sign-in and choose whether to voice concerns publically by microphone or privately in writing. There are a total of 25 slots for microphone questions with a time frame of 3 minutes per person totaling 75 minutes of discussion for the community. Preference will be given to Perry County residents but others in the area impacted by the landfill are welcome to participate.

WHO: EPA Region 4 Administrator, Gwen Keyes Fleming and staff

WHAT: Uniontown Community Listening Session

WHEN: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Uniontown Elementary School at 425 West Ave., Uniontown, Ala. 36786 (near Old Thomaston Road)

EPA received several comments last year from Uniontown residents about Coal Ash shipments affiliated with the Arrowhead Landfill. On March 6-7, EPA Region 4’s Chief Of Staff, Javonne Hicks-White, and staff held a pre-planning period with Uniontown community leaders on the best way to implement a community listening session. As a result, EPA will serve as a listening ear to the community’s concerns.

EPA representatives will be available to answer media questions immediately following the listening session from 9:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.