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Limestone Co. Commission votes to pay ADEM fine

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LIMESTONE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - Limestone County will pay a fine imposed by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. County commission members voted unanimously on Monday to pay the $5,500 fine.

The fine comes after ADEM investigators discovered an illegal dump site in May, where debris from the former L&S Food Mart shopping center in Athens was unloaded on private land in Elkmont. ADEM imposed the fine, saying the county did not check the building for toxic materials and not obtaining a permit to dump the debris.

ADEM confirmed the waste material has been removed.

The fine, as well as the cleanup costs, are being paid for with taxpayer dollars. Commission Chairman Stanley Menefee said they are paying $24,000 for the cleanup - $23,000 of which is the fee from the Morgan County Landfill, which would have been assessed if the dump had been performed correctly.

The extra cost to the taxpayer is therefore roughly $6,500, fine included.

The unauthorized dumping was ordered by Commissioner Bill Latimer. The commission now has new rules in place to prevent a similar incident from happening again.

"We've adopted a resolution and plan that the commission will go through to have someone check properties for asbestos or lead-based paints," said Menefee. "We have agreed to do that if we purchase another piece of property."

ADEM will take another 30 days to complete their investigation.

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