SUMITON, Ala. (AP) — Some residents at a public meeting carried signs of protest and voiced objections to plans for mining along the Black Warrior River in northwest Alabama.
WBRC-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1qNtviF) that dozens of people attended Thursday's meeting in Sumiton to discuss the future use of a mine along the river. Many people who opposed plans for a mining operation said they believe it would harm drinking water and hurt the environment.
It was the first public meeting before state officials decide whether to reissue a permit for Shepard Bend Mining Co. to use part of the river to dump waste.
The Alabama Department of Environmental Management will eventually decide whether to permit the plan. Agency officials say they will look at comments it receives from the public -- including those from Thursday's meeting -- before deciding.
Information from: WBRC-TV, http://www.myfoxal.com/
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