The UCM Environmental Task Force is addressing issues with the condition of the air in St. Clair and Madison Counties. UCM has confronted the Environmental Protections Agency (EPA) about lowering their testing standards for the Veolia Incinerator.
Veolia Environment S.A., branded as Veolia, is a French transitional company with activities in three main service and utility areas traditionally managed by public authorities – water management, waste management, and energy services. They are active in 48 countries.
The Metro East has been a dumping ground for hazardous waste. United Congregations of Metro East is taking action to end corrupt and unjust practices of foreign and domestic companies polluting the environment. We rely on the Bible verse Titus 1:7 which states that “an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach.” In the UCM press release dated August 21, 2018, we stated that "we call upon the Veolia and the EPA to examine their stewardship of the public trust and strengthen, not weaken, environmental permits for the Metro East. Veolia and the EPA are in collusion to water down regulations that attempt to control the amount of toxins and poisons in our air, soil and water. The results are irreparable damage to the environment, health and lives of the residents of the Metro East."
UCM held an hearing and action/protest regarding this issue on August 21, 2018 at East St. Louis Higher Education Campus in Illinois. This issue was also presented at UCM's Membership meeting on November 15, 2018 in O'Fallon, Illinois. UCM has been monitoring the actions of the EPA and Veolia regarding this issue and continues to do so.
UCM has partnered with the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition and the Sierra Club of Illinois "to improve public health, help consumers, better the environment, and create tens of thousands of new clean jobs across the state." Through small grassroot townhalls called "Listen. Lead. Share.", these three organizations have been educating and surveying citizens about the clean job opportunities all across Southwestern Illinois. These goals have been manifested in the Illinois Future Energy Jobs Act.