MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- A group is urging Alabama to create an inspection program for the hundreds of dams across the state, most of which they say go unregulated.
Mark Ogden of the Association of State Dam Safety Officials said Tuesday that Alabama is the only state without a dam safety program. Dams that produce electricity, as well as dams owned by the federal government, are regulated by the federal government. However, Ogden said most dams in Alabama are not regulated.
Tom Woosley, the manager of Georgia's inspection program, said Georgia created its program after a 1977 dam failure flooded a Bible college and killed 39 people.
Indian Springs Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin introduced an Alabama bill in the last session, but it did not get out of committee.