- Associated Press - Thursday, December 22, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles recycling center where a two-story-tall trash pile burned for six weeks has been accused of creating a health risk and its owner faces criminal charges.

The city attorney’s office said Thursday it’s suing Clean Up America as a danger to its Boyle Heights neighbors. The owner, Deontay Potter, is charged with 50 counts involving code violations.

A call to the company seeking comment wasn’t immediately returned.

The city contends that for the past two years, the recycler has ignored regulations that limit the amount of trash it can store at any one time and orders to stop accepting more debris.

Things came to a head in September when a 25-foot-high, 250-foot-long pile containing 22 million pounds of trash caught fire and smoldered for six weeks.


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