- Associated Press - Thursday, June 12, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An approved permit for a north Baton Rouge landfill is on hold at least until a court hearing is held on July 21 after District Court Judge Michael Caldwell issued a temporary stay.

A motion for the stay was filed by attorneys hired by the Metro Council to fight a permit approved by the state Department of Environmental Quality in April.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1s7ZmkB ) Caldwell issued the temporary stay Monday.

The landfill in question would be located in north Baton Rouge and was approved to take in industrial waste over the objections of Metro-Council members, Mayor Kip Holden and other elected officials as well as a number of resident of nearby Alsen. Some Alsen residents were in favor of the permit approval, primarily because of company promises of financial donations to community programs.

Louisiana Land Acquisitions first applied for a landfill permit in 1997 under a slightly different name, but that was denied in 2000 after DEQ found the application to be technically deficient. The company applied for a new permit in 2008, but that too was denied because DEQ found that there was already enough capacity in existing industrial waste landfills nearby.

The company sued, but before the case went to trial the company asked for a chance to resubmit its application. The next permit application was very similar but narrowed the potential service area for the landfill to address the previous concern about over-capacity.

DEQ approved the permit for the industrial waste landfill on April 4.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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