- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 14, 2015

AMITE, La. (AP) - The Tangipahoa Parish Council has agreed to hire an attorney in the matter involving the use of shredded tire material.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1M3sWQ9) parish officials were notified by state Department of Environmental Quality that the parish could be found liable for the misapplication of the recycled tire material at a firing range under construction at the landfill and on berms and levees at the site.

The DEQ letter states the parish faces fines of up to $27,500 for each day of violation since Aug. 15, 2004, and civil penalties of up to $32,500 for each day of violation.

Parish Finance Director Jeff McKneely said Monday the parish has until Aug. 12 to respond to DEQ and that legal assistance is needed to determine if the parish was properly following permits.

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

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