November 16, 2009 • Sarah Frier • Daily Tar Heel City Editor


White House officials have noticed Rogers Road.

The people of the historically black and low-income community just north of Chapel Hill have for years reached out to local leaders to tell of their struggle with air and water quality after a landfill was placed there in 1972.

On Friday, Rev. Robert Campbell will go to the White House to tell that story to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

EPA officials were interested after Rogers Road was discussed at the N.C. Environmental Justice summit in October, said David Caldwell, project manager for the Rogers-Eubanks Neighborhood Association.

“The neighborhood is buzzing. People around town are talking,” Caldwell said. “You’ve got an organization that has complained and brought concerns to so many people for so many years and you feel like it’s gone on deaf ears.

“But all of the sudden it’s gone to the highest level of authority.”

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