Alabama Department of Environmental Management http://apr.org en Air Quality Alert Issued In Central Alabama http://apr.org/post/air-quality-alert-issued-central-alabama <p></p><p>The has issued an air quality alert for Jefferson and Shelby counties.</p><p>The Code Orange alert issued Thursday means air pollution levels in the affected areas could irritate sensitive groups, such as children, the elderly and people with asthma.</p><p>11 similar alerts were issued in 2012 and a Jessica Chace, a National Weather Service meteorologist says heavy rain has likely helped keep Alabama's air quality at acceptable levels this summer.</p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 21:28:10 +0000 The Associated Press 37339 at http://apr.org Air Quality Alert Issued In Central Alabama State Investigates Sludge Spill in Opelika http://apr.org/post/state-investigates-sludge-spill-opelika <P>State environmental officials are investigating the recent release of industrial sludge into two Opelika waterways.</P> <DIV> <P>Alabama Department of Environmental Management spokesman Scott Hughes says the agency received a call Friday from the city of Opelika regarding some material that had been found in the Pepperell Branch and Saugahatchee Creek.</P> <P>Hughes tells the Opelika-Auburn News (http://bit.ly/V9RInR) that the release likely started sometime Thursday afternoon.</P> <P>He said the agency has been at the scene since Friday, conducting an investigation of how the release o Mon, 11 Feb 2013 13:36:36 +0000 The Associated Press 24724 at http://apr.org State Investigates Sludge Spill in Opelika Birmingham Region Meets EPA Air Standard http://apr.org/post/birmingham-region-meets-epa-air-standard <DIV> <P>Officials say the Birmingham area's air-pollution rating is the best it has been in more than three decades.</P> <P>The Alabama Department of Environmental Management says the region including Jefferson, Shelby and Walker counties has met a set of federal pollution standards for the first time in more than 30 years.</P> <P>The state asked federal officials to certify that the area was in compliance, and the Environmental Protection Agency agreed.</P> <P>Environmental officials say the improvements in air quality result from reductions in emissions mandated by government regulators Thu, 10 Jan 2013 12:44:08 +0000 The Associated Press 23027 at http://apr.org Birmingham Region Meets EPA Air Standard