Former State Lawmaker Discouraged Pollution Cleanup Efforts

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Oliver Robinson

Residents on the north side of Birmingham have been trying for years to get authorities to clean up pollution left behind by nearby industry. Former Alabama State Rep. Oliver Robison appears to be an impediment to their efforts. An investigation by found Robinson discouraged the Environmental Protection Agency from declaring the area a Superfund site and discouraged residents from testing their soil for pollutants. At that same time he solicited money for his non-profit from powerful businesses — one in particular that didn’t want to pay for any clean up costs. Federal and state investigators are looking into the matter. Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald discusses the reporting.

Hear about Robinson’s response to WBHM here.

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John Archibald

Alabama is full of big news stories. From the removal of the Confederate battle flag, to gay marriage, to Birmingham's increase in the minimum wage. It's a lot for journalists to keep up with and a lot of great materials for columnists like and The Birmingham News' John Archibald. He discusses the city, county and state politics in forums large and small.

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