- Associated Press - Monday, June 22, 2015

TECUMSEH, Okla. (AP) - A landfill near Tecumseh has been shut down by Oklahoma state regulators after years of problems at the site including fires and rotting animals.

Attorney Ryan Leonard for Applied Waste Solutions Inc., which owns the landfill, said the company is working to clean up the problems, The Oklahoman (https://bit.ly/1LwkcQh ) reported.

“The difficulties at the landfill came as a direct result of prior management,” Leonard said.

The landfill was shut down in May, and it can’t reopen until it has resolved all issues and receives approval from the state, according to Patrick Riley, an environmental programs manager for the Department of Environmental Quality.

The landfill has caught on fire at least three times in recent years. Inspectors also have found problems with exposed animal carcasses and leaking leachate - a black, sludge-like liquid stew of decomposing matter that seeps out of landfills.

The city of Tecumseh once had a disposal contract with the landfill, but hasn’t disposed of waste there for two or three years, said Tecumseh City Manager Jimmy Stokes.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, https://www.newsok.com


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