EPA: $2.8M to snuff out Alabama landfill fire


The Associated Press

MOODY, Ala. (AP) – Federal environmental regulators say the cost of extinguishing a landfill fire that’s been burning since late November in Alabama’s St. Clair County is now at an estimated $2.8 million.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved a budget increase for the project this week that would raise how much the agency can pay a contractor to put out the fire by about $900,000.

Al.com reports the funds will come from EPA’s regional funds for emergency response.

The underground fire was first reported Nov. 25. The EPA took over response to the fire on Jan. 19 after air samples showed elevated levels of potentially dangerous chemicals in the area.

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1/26/2023 2:52:59 PM (GMT -6:00)

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