- Construction equipment
is being used to re-grade the Site and install a cover layer of dirt.
- There will be truck
traffic on Annie Lee Road and Acmar Road as dirt is brought to the Site.
- Air samples are taken daily and air monitoring results are being posted daily to this
- EPA has contracted an unmanned aerial vehicle flyover of the Site periodically beginning January 27, 2023.
The U. S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA), Region 4, has collected and reviewed air sampling data collected
in early January 2023 at the Moody Landfill Site in Moody, Alabama. Air samples
were collected by the Superfund Technical Assessment and Response Team (START)
from two locations onsite near burning material and two locations offsite at
residential properties near the site. Three 8-hour samples were collected from
each of these locations. Additional 15-minute air samples were collected from a
fifth location that was located on the site. This sample was collected to
evaluate potential differences in airborne contaminants in an area where the
smoke appeared to be a different color. All samples were analyzed for
polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Some chemicals were identified in air
samples collected on or near the site that exceed Removal Management Levels
(RML) which are chemical-specific concentrations that help define areas,
contaminants, or conditions where a cleanup or mitigation measures known as a
removal action may be appropriate. EPA has mobilized additional resources to
the site and is
currently establishing additional air monitoring and sampling and taking steps
to identify and implement measures to eliminate the fire. Information will be
provided to the public as it becomes available. Currently, the EPA is focused
on determining the best strategy for eliminating the fire, collecting
additional samples to confirm and expand upon previous data results, providing
information to the public, as it is available, and determining next steps.
Recommended Actions for the Public
We have limited data at this time, but EPA
Region 4 is working with the Agency for Toxic Substances Disease Registry (ATSDR) to
gather additional data to appropriately evaluate the potential effects of the
smoke from the fire. In
the meantime, if nearby residents are concerned and wish to reduce potential exposure
to landfill fire smoke, the following actions are recommended:
- If you have respiratory problems such as asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), or emphysema, stay indoors when you see or smell smoke.
- Reduce your outdoor activities, and do them more slowly, when you see or smell smoke.
- Close the doors and windows of your house to keep smoke from getting inside.
- Talk to your health care provider if you have respiratory conditions such as asthma, COPD, or emphysema, and you think your condition may get worse when you breathe smoke.
|| View an interactive map with air monitoring locations and details at this link.
||Air monitoring is ongoing, and data will be released each 24 hour period. Click the Documents Tab of this page to view data summarizing air monitoring samples collected using EPA's Viper wireless remote monitoring system.
Data Summary Report for January 20, 2023
Data Summary Report for January 21, 2023
Data Summary Report for January 22, 2023
Data Summary Report for January 23, 2023
Data Summary Report for January 24, 2023
Data Summary Report for January 25, 2023
Data Summary Report for January 26, 2023
Data Summary Report for January 27, 2023
Data Summary Report for January 28, 2023
Data Summary Report for January 29, 2023
Data Summary Report for January 30, 2023
Data Summary Report for February 1, 2023
Data Summary Report for February 2, 2023
Data Summary Report for February 3, 2023
Data Summary Report for February 4, 2023