Two letters written by then-Attorney General Luther Strange about a polluted north Birmingham area in 2014 and 2015 became the subject of controversy Thursday.
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Following a story in Alabama Political Reporter Thursday morning, Republican Senate candidate Randy Brinson accused Strange of attempting to prevent cleanup of the site through the missives, sent to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Oct. 23, 2014 and Jan. 20, 2015 in opposition to plans to list Birmingham’s 35th Avenue site on its National Priorities List (NPL).
Strange said in the letters the EPA had not adequately consulted with the state on the plan to clean up the neighborhood — which suffered decades of industrial pollution — and violated its own regulations in doing so. Strange wrote that the EPA “illegitimately usurped Alabama sovereignty.”
“Federal administrative agencies cannot and should not act without such power, and each State has a clear and substantial interest in ensuring that federal agencies, like EPA, do not exceed their authority when regulating the State’s citizens, businesses, and property,” he wrote.
A month after sending the 23-page letter — and more than three months after winning re-election — Strange’s attorney general campaign received a $25,000 contribution from Drummond Co., according to campaign finance…
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