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Moody Landfill Fire

Site Contact:
EPA Region 4 Press Office


Site Location:
1317 Annie Lee Rd
Moody, AL 35004
NRC#: 1356206

Ongoing Work

  • 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 website.
  • EPA has contracted an unmanned aerial vehicle flyover of the Site periodically beginning January 27, 2023.

Assessment Results

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.


More Information

           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

A Map is available for viewing GIS information.