State orders closure of a landfill in Shreveport
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Department of Environmental Quality, working with the State Fire Marshal's Office, has ordered the shutdown of a Shreveport landfill where long-burning fires have been a problem for years.
Tuesday's order requires Harrelson Material Management Inc. to cease landfill operations at its construction and demolition landfill on Russell Road in Shreveport.
In a news release, DEQ Secretary Peggy Hatch said the company has failed to meet requirements of an earlier fire mitigation plan. Hatch said the company lacks the people and equipment needed to put out an underground fire believed to have been burning for months.
DEQ says that a third party will be hired to put out the fire, then Harrelson Materials will be required to complete the closure of the operation.