Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin Tuesday sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to request the North Birmingham 35th Avenue Superfund Site to be placed immediately onto the National Priorities List. 

According to the letter sent to the head of the EPA, the case for the North Birmingham Superfund site to be placed on the National Priorities List (NPL) is compelling, as the site scored a 50 on the Hazard Ranking System, a mathematical formula the agency uses to evaluate a site’s threat to human health of the environment. 

Woodfin cites an EPA document that says agency policy is sites scoring 28.50 or above on the HRS are eligible for inclusion on the NPL–according to the EPA’s website, the NPL is a list of sites of national priority intended to guide the EPA in determining which sites warrant further investigation.

In Woodfin’s letter, he references the recent federal jury conviction of an Alabama coal executive and attorney representing that company in a conspiracy to prevent the North Birmingham 35th Avenue Superfund site from advancing to the NPL, in which former state legislator Oliver Robinson pleaded guilty to bribery and tax evasion.

“As a result of these illegal actions, thousands remain at risk including the 1,070 people living in 394 public housing units and 751 children attending Hudson K-8 school,” Woodfin wrote. “The necessary remedies include, but are not limited to, screening and health care to address pollution related health issues, relocation and reconstruction of Hudson K-8 school, non resident development of the North Birmingham 35th Avenue Superfund site and reclamation of Village Creek.”

Read the full letter below: