“Headaches. Coughing. Red eyes. Breathing problems. Air purifiers running around the clock, and the smell that just won’t go away,” writes Al.com’s Dennis Pillion.

“For 53 days and counting, these things have been reality for hundreds Alabama residents living near an underground fire at a landfill just north of Birmingham, with no end in sight.”

Related: Alabama landfill fire causing headaches, fear and ‘smell follows me wherever I go’ - al.com

Related: Emergency declared: Ivey calls on EPA to fight landfill fire raging in Alabama - al.com

Related: Moody landfill fire likely ‘a crime scene,’ top county official says - al.com

Let’s make a hot fashion statement, Alabama. Bring out the gas masks and Grim Reaper hazmat robes. Time to dress for dystopian stress.

John Archibald writes: ADEM must stand for ‘Alabama doesn’t even matter.

The Alabama Department of Environmental Management said in a statement this month – almost a month after the fire began – that Alabamians can protect themselves in the following ways:

  • Limit outdoor activities.
  • Install high-efficiency filters in heating and air conditioning systems.
  • Seal areas where outside air may enter the home with caulking or other material (this will also pay dividends after the fire is extinguished).
  • Consider obtaining a personal air quality monitor.
  • Because the smoke may continue for an extended period, those with breathing-related health conditions may consider temporarily relocating.

In other words, it’s on you, Alabama. As it pretty much always is when ADEM is involved. Seal yourself in your house if you have trouble breathing (you’ll be glad you did!). Or move.

Or you can stay put and make a hot fashion statement. Just sayin’.

Related: Archibald: ADEM knew years ago Moody landfill was a threat - al.com

Related: Moody landfill fire: Watch the stunning drone footage - al.com

Related: Moody landfill fire: Class action lawsuit filed against ‘illegal unauthorized dump site’ - al.com

Kyle Whitmire (@WaronDumb) retweeted the story about Gov. Ivey calling for help from the EPA with this comment: “We should call this pulling an Alabama. Trash talk feds when they offer help. Beg for help when it’s too late.”


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JD Crowe is the cartoonist for Alabama Media Group and AL.com. He won the RFK Human Rights Award for Editorial Cartoons in 2020. In 2018, he was awarded the Rex Babin Memorial Award for local and state cartoons by the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. Follow JD on Facebook, Twitter @Crowejam and Instagram @JDCrowepix.

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