NIMBYs gone wild

Therese Dunphy

February 22, 2013

An Alabama attorney is unhappy that the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) approved Vulcan Materials Co.‘s permit request for an operation in Madison County, and he’s doing his level best to incite citizens to hold their feet to the fire.

“We don’t just need to let (Vulcan) monitor themselves,” he said in an report. “That’s like leaving the fox in charge of the hen house.”

Instead, he’s saying neighbors need to monitor the operation for themselves. He said some residents are purchasing their own seismographs, while others are creating an inventory of dated photos of their homes and foundations. Still more are talking to an administrator with Alabama Waterwatch, a volunteer-driven, water-quality testing program.

The attorney, Huntsville-based John Harrison, told the newspaper that allowing a quarry to operate so close to subdivisions and schools is a “stain” on the county’s image, which is necessary to attract “Fortune 500 companies.”

Apparently, he hasn’t reviewed Fortune’s 2012 list. The only Alabama company to make the top 500 is Regions Financial. That doesn’t mean, however, that Harrison or his fellow protesters should forget about #592, Vulcan Materials Co.

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