Supplement to 2012 Petition to the EPA

Sunday April 22, 2012

The Honorable Lisa Jackson


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Ariel Rios Federal Building

1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.

Room 300

Washington, D.C. 20460

Regarding: Supplement to the January 14th 2010, ppetition to commence proceedings to withdraw Alabama’s authorization to administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System

Dear Administrator Jackson,

On January 14, 2010, the fourteen undersigned organizations officially submit a petition under 40 C.F.R § 123.64(b) for the issuance of an order commencing proceedings to determine whether to withdraw approval of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program for the State of Alabama because the operation of the State program fails to comply with the requirements of 40 C.F.R. Part 123.

Petitioners maintain that Alabama’s water pollution permitting program, as currently administered by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, is fundamentally broken and does not meet minimum federal standards. This failure is a systemic, statewide problem.  Most concerning is the States refusal to commit the funds and resources necessary to carry out even the basic requirements of an NPDES program.  Since the Petition, rather than improve the program, the State has systematically eviscerated the program by levying budget cuts on top of budget cuts.  ADEM’s funding is now a fraction of what it was when the Petition was filed and it faces even further cuts in the upcoming year.  The State of Alabama is not only jeopardizing our environment; it is putting our very health and well being at stake.

In light of these developments, the petitioners are submitting a supplement to their petition, requesting that the EPA take accelerated action to resolve the issue raised in the Petition and begin the necessary action to withdraw Alabama’s authority over the NPDES program under 40 C.F.R. § 123.63(a).


Mitchell Reid
Program Director
Alabama Rivers Alliance

On Behalf of:

Alabama Rivers Alliance, Inc.

Cindy Lowry, Executive Director

2027 Second Avenue North, Suite A

Birmingham, Alabama 35203

Telephone: (205) 322-6395


ADEM Reform Coalition

Adam Snyder, Co-Chair

Casi Callaway, Co-Chair

Conservation Alabama Foundation, Inc.

Adam Snyder, Executive Director

P.O. Box 130656

Birmingham, Alabama 35213-0656

Telephone: (205) 533-6178


Friends of Hurricane Creek

John Wathen, Creekkeeper

P.O. Box 40836

Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35404

Telephone: (205) 507-0867

Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper, Inc.

Mike Mullen, Riverkeeper

P.O. Box 6734

Banks, Alabama 36005-6734

Telephone: (334) 807-1365


Mobile Baykeeper, Inc.

Casi Callaway, Baykeeper Executive Director

300 Dauphin Street, Suite 200

Mobile, Alabama 36602

Phone: (251) 433-4229


Black Warrior Riverkeeper, Inc.

Nelson Brooke, Riverkeeper

712 37th Street South

Birmingham, Alabama 35222

Telephone: (205) 458-0095

Cahaba Riverkeeper

Myra Crawford, Riverkeeper

4650 Old Looney Mill Road

Birmingham, Alabama 35243

Telephone (205) 967-2600


Coosa River Basin Initiative, Inc.

Joe Cook, Riverkeeper

408 Broad Street

Rome, Georgia 30161

Telephone: (706) 232-2724


Friends of the Locust Fork River

Sam Howell, President

P.O. Box 245

Hayden, Alabama 35079

Telephone: (205) 681-4751


The Friends of Big Canoe Creek

Doug Morrison

P.O. Box 10

Springville, AL 35146

Telephone: (205) 467-7620

Alabama Environmental Council

Michael Churchman, Executive Director

2431 Second Avenue North

Birmingham, Alabama 35203

Telephone: (205) 322-3126


Sand MountainConcerned Citizens, Inc.

Willard Jones, President

P.O. Box 428

Ider, Alabama 35765

Telephone: (256) 657-5704


The Sierra Club-Alabama Chapter

Robert W. Hastings, Vice Chair

141 North Northington Street

Prattville, Alabama 36067

Telephone: (334) 491-0780

Cc:        Honorable Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming, EPA Region 4, 61 Forsyth Street, SW, Atlanta, GA 30303


Lance Lefleur, ADEM, 1400 Coliseum Boulevard, Montgomery, AL 36110-2059