- Associated Press - Friday, April 3, 2015

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Environmental officials say a landfill that was the scene of a bad fire in 2014 will be closed.

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality announced a plan Thursday to close the currently inactive Harrelson Landfill in Shreveport.

DEQ says a contract has been awarded to a company to place a 2-foot thick layer of clay and 6-inch layer of topsoil over the landfill.

DEQ ordered the landfill’s operator, Harrelson Materials Management Inc., off the site in September after the state officials moved in to deal with a subterranean fire there.

The state is suing Harrelson Materials Management Inc. and its insurer over costs associated with the fire.

DEQ says work to cover the landfill will be done by Murphy Brothers Trucking and Construction LLC., a company based in Acadia.

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