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Baton Rouge officials object to landfill approval

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Baton Rouge official wants to consider suing to block an industrial waste landfill in north Baton Rouge.

City-parish Councilman Trae Welch told The Advocate ( that the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality should appear before the council to explain its approval of the landfill when "every single elected body went on record saying they did not want it."

DEQ granted a landfill permit to Louisiana Land Acquisitions after two previous unsuccessful attempts.

Although DEQ has yet to release anything publicly about the permit approval, Sam Phillips, DEQ assistant secretary, confirms the agency approved the permit April 4.

The Louisiana Land Acquisitions site was built to accept hazardous waste from the nearby Petro-Processors of Louisiana Superfund site.

However, before the pit could be used, the agreement to clean up the site changed and the landfill was no longer needed.

Since then, the pit has been empty and filling with rainwater.


Information from: The Advocate,

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