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Indictment tells dirty secrets about Alabama environmental regulator

Rickey Stokes

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Posted by: RStokes
Date: Oct 01 2017 11:04 AM

This is how it works.

Not how it's supposed to work. But how it works.

A tidbit in Thursday's bribery and conspiracy indictment of two Balch & Bingham lawyers and a Drummond Co. exec tells the story. It's tangential to the bribery of Oliver Robinson, overlooked by all but the most interested or attentive, but it puts it all out there.

Like the trash.

It describes the events of December 2014, when an exec at the Birmingham air quality group Gasp was to appear before the Alabama Environmental Management Commission - the body that oversees the regulatory Alabama Department of Environmental Management. She wanted to talk about the need to expand a north Birmingham Superfund site to clean up toxins in poor communities.


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