Code Orange Air Quality Alert for ozone pollution issued for June 6 in Jefferson and Shelby counties.

Screenshot of the Air Quality Index Code Orange for June 6, 2018.

According to the Jefferson County Department of Health, the  air quality in the Birmingham area is expected to be unhealthy for some sensitive groups today, Wednesday, June 6th.

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Recycling is one of Alabama’s most important industries for new jobs

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Employees at KW Plastics in Troy, Alabama, photo from the KW Plastics website

What are Alabama’s most important job producing industries? Automotive manufacturing or the steel industry? Perhaps agriculture and forestry? Chances are, the recycling industry would not make anyone’s list.

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Why is Birmingham so far behind in recycling?

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The Alabama Environmental Council’s (Alabama Conservancy) Recycling Center in 1991

The numbers have improved ever so slightly over the past decade. But, according to the latest Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) Solid Waste Biennial Report released in 2016, Alabama recycles less than 16% of its waste. The national recycling rate is 34.3%.

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Bham Now’s Nature Roundup – “Searching for Bigfoot” edition – May 4th (video)

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The Daily Show’s Alabamian Roy Wood searching for Bigfoot and visiting the Talladega National Forest

Welcome to the Bham Now Nature Roundup “Searching for Bigfoot”  May 4th edition.  Alabama made national news last week when the The Daily Show ran a series of comedy segments about the Yellowhammer State.

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State Waterkeeper groups notify state environmental protection agency about non-compliance of new water quality rules

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Alabama’s eight Waterkeeper groups have notified the Alabama Department of Environmental Management that seven sewer plant permits statewide will not be in compliance of the new water quality rules for E. coli that take effect on Friday, February 3rd.

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