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Plan awaiting approval to clean up illegal dump site

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The debris caught fire in April and smoldered for nearly two months. (Source: WAFF) The debris caught fire in April and smoldered for nearly two months. (Source: WAFF)

The county commission's deadline to submit a cleanup plan has come for an illegal dump site in Limestone County.

Two county commissioners said they did send a plan to clean up the debris to the Alabama Department of Environmental Management earlier in the week. Now they wait for approval so the cleanup can begin.

ADEM has thirty days to respond, but county commissioners Stanley Menefee and Ben Harrison said they expect the state agency to make a decision sometime next week so they can move forward. That debris caught fire in early April, and the unauthorized dumpsite on Leggtown Road in Elkmont smoldered for nearly two months. The fire is out now.

People who live there, as well as county officials, are concerned the debris may contain asbestos. The rubble comes from the L and S Shopping Center, which was owned by the County and demolished. It was not tested for asbestos. 

A letter from ADEM to the county commission said ADEM never issued a landfill permit for the dumpsite. ADEM could fine the county, and the landowner.

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