Charlottesville: Environmental disaster area?
Charlottesvillians are used to making Top Ten lists, but the area's latest ranking is anything but an honor.
The Southern Environmental Law Center includes Charlottesville on its "Top Ten Endangered Places" list, which "targets areas of exceptional scenic, ecological, or cultural value that are facing immediate, potentially irreversible threats– and the important actions needed in 2012 to protect our environmental heritage for future generations."
To what does Charlottesville owe this dishonor?
According to the Law Center, its the Western Bypass, which was approved by Albemarle County Board of Supervisors in in a secret, midnight vote: "A wasteful, destructive bypass would mar landscapes, cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, endanger public health, and fail to solve traffic problems," the Law Center claims. Ouch.
Other areas to make the Law Center's list: the Coast of Alabama, where unregulated drilling for oil makes another BP spill not only possible but plausible, and the long-threatened Chesapeake Bay.