EPA furloughs impacting some Birmingham communities

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Crews for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) worked until sundown to clean up the sludge and muck at the REEF Environmental plant in Sylacauga.

Terry Jones and his family live less than a mile away.

Fortunately, despite a government shutdown, the REEF plant is one of the 6 percent of projects and employees throughout the nation that are not on furlough.

According to a statement from the EPA, the cleanup is on track and a 7 million gallon basin should be finished by November.

However, north Birmingham isn’t as lucky. All of the affected areas and Superfund sites that were either in the cleanup or investigation process are now stalled as a result of the furloughs.

Officials are remaining optimistic, though.

“Business will be up and running soon, and I look forward to the EPA being back in the north Birmingham community,” said District 4 Councilwoman Maxine Parker.

So, in the end, while one community waits, another one is one step closer to being able to breathe a sigh of relief.

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42

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