Local and national officials for the NAACP are worried about potentially hazardous waste that's getting dumped in a Jackson County landfill. Tar Balls, the clean up material from the BP Oil Spill, is getting dumped at the Campbellton landfill. NAACP officials are looking for answers to concerning questions.
Local NAACP President Reverend Ronald Dale Mizer says an informed community is an improved community. "Knowledge is power and we would like to empower our people, and when I say our people, I mean our community."
Because little is known about the long term effects of what is being dumped in the land fill, the NAACP is seeking answers from BP. Elmore Bryant, NAACP Area Director, says "We want preventative measures rather than wait and see what's going to happen."
The concerned residents of the community say they're lobbying for local support before taking on the corporation. “We have a letter of support already from the city of Jacob, and the mayor and the commission and we hope to get one from Waste Management and one from the city of Cambellton.”
“All in favor raise your right hand- motion carried.”
After gaining the support of the Jackson County Commission Tuesday, Bryant and Mizer met with representatives from Waste Management.
Lynn Yort is Waste Management’s Public Sector Solutions Director. "They have brought some questions that they need answers for and waste management would love to work with them in providing all the information that they need in helping them educate the communities around spring hill."
The NAACP has a few requests for BP. “We want to make sure people are educated, that test and monitor systems are set up so that the people can be protected. That's why we want a workshop to bring in professional people with expertise."
Bryant says it's his organization’s duty to look over those often overlooked. "Dangerous materials and other thins that are happening, a lot of times are brought to black communities, poor white communities, Latinos, mixed communities - people who are less likely to be able to defend themselves at to what is being brought to their community."
Waste Management and NAACP of Jackson County plan to sit down and meet again in the coming weeks.