- EPA enacts clean air act, aggravating public
November, 1970 to December, 1971 Jefferson, Alabama Environmental History, Iron and Steel Industry, Birmingham, Alabama
“I’ve lived with pollution 50-something years. I guess I can put up with it” quipped Eugene Campbell on the day the Environmental Protection Agency ordered the shutdown of Birmingham, Alabama’s steel plants. The plants were shut following a court order under the aegis of the 1970 Clean Air Act which set safe levels for particulates in the atmosphere, levels that Birmingham had routinely exceeded....