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Supervisors mad about possible oil waste dumped in landfill


By David Elliott – bio | email

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - BP and Waste Management have entered into an agreement to dump oil impacted waste in the Pecan Grove Landfill in Harrison County.

"It's a slap in the face," said Supervisor Marlin Ladner.

According Ladner, if oil drenched waste is taken to the landfill, it will be like adding insult to injury.

"BP deposits oil on our beaches and possibly in estuaries and rivers then puts oil contaminated waste in a truck and hauls it four miles to dump it in the ground in the same county they polluted," Ladner said.

No oil impacted waste has been taken to the dump yet, but supervisors are mad that they were not included in discussions to bring the material to Pecan Grove.

"The board passed a resolution opposing the plan, and we've sent it to BP, the unified command and the White house," said Board Attorney Tim Holleman.

It appears as if the state signed off on the deal which Lander finds puzzling, "It's strange that the state would not check with Harrison County in reference to depositing the waste in the landfill."

A Waste Management spokesman told WLOX News that federal and state agencies will test all oil impacted waste before it's allowed to be dumped at Pecan Grove.

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