Justice Dept. to investigate rural Alabama county with inadequate sewage systems

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

The Justice Department on Tuesday launched an environmental justice investigation into whether a rural Alabama county discriminated against Black residents by denying them access to adequate sanitation systems and exposing them to increased health risks.

The federal probe of the health departments in Lowndes County and the state of Alabama comes in response to years of complaints from civic activists about sewage backups caused by failing septic tanks and exacerbated by climate change, including increased flooding.

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