Alabama Department of Environmental Management

Code Orange-Alert
4:28 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Air Quality Alert Issued In Central Alabama

The Alabama Department of Environmental Management has issued an air quality alert for Jefferson and Shelby counties.
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The has issued an air quality alert for Jefferson and Shelby counties.

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.

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.

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Opelika Sludge Spill
7:36 am
Mon February 11, 2013

State Investigates Sludge Spill in Opelika

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State environmental officials are investigating the recent release of industrial sludge into two Opelika waterways.

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.


Hughes tells the Opelika-Auburn News (http://bit.ly/V9RInR) that the release likely started sometime Thursday afternoon.

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Science & Health
6:44 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Birmingham Region Meets EPA Air Standard

Officials say the Birmingham area's air-pollution rating is the best it has been in more than three decades.


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.


The state asked federal officials to certify that the area was in compliance, and the Environmental Protection Agency agreed.

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