EIGHT MILE, Ala. (WALA) - FOX10 News continues to follow the latest developments from Eight Mile where environmental officials said a chemical with a foul odor is in the air and groundwater.
The Alabama Department of Environmental Management has linked a chemical to Mobile Gas and has ordered them to get rid of the smell and clean up the chemical.
Now, The Alabama Department of Environmental Management said Mobile Gas is under a deadline to submit a report by the close of business, August 26, that will contain the latest analytical results of the groundwater monitoring and soil sampling conducted at contamination site.
ADEM’s geologist will review the data to determine if the vertical and horizontal extent of the soil and groundwater contamination at the site has been defined or if additional work needs to be done.
ADEM also said over the next few months, Mobile Gas will be working on improving its abatement system.
FOX10 News has reported on complaints about a foul odor in Eight Mile since 2011.
As each month goes by, health concerns continue to mount. Especially since the Centers for Disease Control, the largest federal public health agency, said it does not know the long-term effects of tert-butyl mercaptan exposure- the chemical Eight Mile residents are dealing with.
One resident, Edward McGaskill, said he keeps his door open with the air conditioner on to help circulate the air in his home. He said he smells the chemical day and night and wants some relief.
“Aint nothing we can do. I was thinking about moving to tell you the truth I am thinking about moving out of my house,” said McGaskill.
McGaskill represents a number of people in Eight Mile who suffer from the foul smell.
“They are working on this very, very slow. They need to be working on this project a little bit faster then they are working on it,” said McGaskill.
FOX10 reached out to Mobile Gas for a comment, but a spokesperson said the company has a case in court, and a judge asked both sides not to speak anything related to the Eight Mile odor.
FOX10 New will check to see if Mobile Gas submits its report under deadline.
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