- Associated Press - Monday, April 14, 2014

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 (https://bit.ly/1ngQJOr) 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.

Louisiana Land Acquisitions first applied for a landfill permit in 1997, under a slightly different name. However, DEQ denied it in 2000 after finding the application to be technically deficient.

The company applied for a permit again in 2008, but it was denied because DEQ determined there was already enough capacity in industrial waste landfills in nearby parishes.

The company sued. But before the case could go to trial, the company asked for a chance to resubmit its application.

The current permit addressed problems cited in the previous permit by including changes to the proposed landfill service area and in the landfill’s capacity.

Tim Hardy, attorney for Louisiana Land Acquisitions, Inc., said the company’s owners are pleased by DEQ’s decision to approve the landfill permit.

He said the company owners believe “it’s important that they operate this facility within all the rules and regulations and with respect to the community.”

The area is zoned correctly for use as the industrial landfill, Hardy said, adding that the landfill is a mile from the nearest residence and the material it will accept will be nonhazardous.

“It’s the only landfill in the parish that will accept industrial waste,” Hardy said.

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


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