Stop the Clay Quarry

The Issue

A great deal of land is targeted for rezoning from agricultural to industrial for the purpose of a limestone quarry(s) in the cities of Clay/Pinson, Alabama. The area is home to hundreds of residents and occupies Jefferson County’s two highest peaks among others. The source water created by runoff supports the Birmingham drinking water supply and feeds several watersheds including the Cahaba River watershed, the Locust Fork of the Black Warrior River, Turkey Creek Nature Preserve, and the Coosa River watershed. A national aquifer exists in this area which threatens substantial groundwater. The karst geology of the area is highly vulnerable if not exceptionally vulnerable to contamination by mining chemicals and processes.

The Goal

The goal is simple! STOP THE CLAY QUARRY. If there has been an area in the long history of Alabama iron ore and mining that’s inappropriate for industrial mining, this is it!  The proposed quarry sites sit less than 2.0 miles (as the crow flies) from neighboring schools, a senior citizen facility, churches, daycares, the local library, as well as homes and businesses. The potentially detrimental effects of quarry mining on air and water quality have been well demonstrated throughout Alabama and other quarry cases across the United States. The potential adverse impacts to imperiled species, to public health & safety, and to important water resources cannot be ignored here. Help us Stop the Clay Quarry!


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What You Can DO

Contact Sierra Club-Alabama Chapter
Clay Quarry Opposition Leader
Vicki Carroll (Cahaba Group)


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