Former State Lawmaker Discouraged Pollution Cleanup Efforts

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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 al.com 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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