- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 15, 2015

AMITE, La. (AP) - A lawyer representing the Tangipahoa Parish Council say a final settlement with the state over the alleged improper storage of shredded tires may be resolved by the end of the year.

Beau Brock tells The Advocate (https://bit.ly/1OtwTLu) he will meet with Department of Environmental Quality officials to work out final details of a proposed settlement. The attorney said he could not discuss any details about a potential agreement with DEQ.

Brock said he had to discuss the matter with the Parish Council in executive session before he could return to DEQ with a possible final settlement. Brock would not speculate if the parish would have to pay fines for the way in which the shredded tires were acquired and how they were stored.

“I am working very hard on behalf of the parish council and the citizens of Tangipahoa Parish to see that this is all settled without the parish having to pay what could have been millions of dollars in fines,” Brock said.

In June, DEQ told the parish it had to answer allegations that an excessive amount of the shredded tires were stored at the landfill, that the material had been improperly stored and used and that the parish had not filed proper reports and documentation regarding the tires. The letter threatens the possibility of fines in thousands of dollars a day if the parish does not take corrective action.



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

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