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Marshall County Commission seeks state help in closing defunct landfill

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MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

The Marshall County Commission is asking the state to take a look at what they can do about a defunct garbage landfill.

The site was abandoned years ago, and commissioners say it was never properly closed.

There was recently a proposal to create a construction and debris landfill there, but those plans went nowhere.

For years, garbage was taken to the old Bishop's Landfill but bankruptcy ended use of the facility.

Commission Chairman James Hutcheson said there was an order that the landfill be properly closed but that never happened.

READ MORE: Public hearing set for proposed Marshall County landfill

Hutcheson said more than 100 people from the area near the site on Pleasant Grove Cut Off Road were in attendance for a recent public hearing on the C & D landfill. The meeting was held despite the owner pulling the request the day of the hearing. But that didn't stop residents from saying it needs to be properly closed.

READ MORE: Owners pull application for proposed C&D Landfill in Marshall County

“There's a circuit judge in 2006 presenting a court order saying this landfill was in violation of ADEM standards, so we've just asked ADEM to come back in, reopen this investigation, and see what we can do to close that landfill properly,” said Hutcheson.

Hutcheson said he's also instructed the county attorney to look into whatever legal action can be taken.

READ MORE: Proponent says C&D landfill is cost-effective way to close old Marshall County landfill

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