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Hundreds of Alabama systems apply for water, sewer grants

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Department of Environmental Management says more than 400 water and sewer systems have applied for grants funded by pandemic relief money. Alabama lawmakers this winter approved using $225 million out of the state's share…

EPA chief tours sewage problems in Alabama's Black Belt

HAYNEVILLE, Ala. (AP) - The head of the federal Environmental Protection Agency says sewage problems faced by residents of Alabama's Black Belt are "unacceptable." EPA Administrator Michael Regan got a firsthand look Saturday at homes in Lowndes County where malfunctioning…