A Publication of the Southern Environmental Law Center
The Southern Environmental Law Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the health and environment of the
Southeast (Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia). Founded in 1986, SELC’s team of 40 legal
experts represent more than 100 partner groups on issues of climate change and energy, air and water quality, forests, the coast
and wetlands, transportation, and land use.
This report was prepared by Senior Attorneys Gil Rogers and Frank Rambo. GIS mapping by Jovian Sackett. SELC is grateful to
Alabama First, who contributed information to this report.
Photographs: ©Joe O’Donnell (cover); Beth Young (Contents, pages 1, 14, 15, 17); Dorothea Lange (historical photo, page 1);
Ron Sherman (pages 2, 6, 8); Nelson Brooke (page 9); Robert Llewellyn (pages 11, 12).
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What’s In Birmingham’s Air?
What’s Causing the Birmingham Area’s Air Quality Problems?
Solutions for Cleaner Air in the Birmingham Area
In the late 1800s, Birmingham was unrivaled
as the industrial center of the southern United
States, widely known as the Steel Capital of the
South. But with the decline of the steel industry in the
late 20th century, the city had to reinvent itself—and
succeeded by becoming a thriving center of health care,