Mayor: Land near BSL sewage lagoon not a dump

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality is investigating whether the city of Bay St. Louis' use of land around a sewage lagoon violates any state statues. An anonymous caller accused the city of creating an illegal dump site around the lagoon off of Old Spanish Trail.

City leaders say that's not true and that public works crews have used the area as a lay-down site to store dirt, concrete and other materials that could be used in future city projects. It's a practice Mayor Les Fillingame says has gone on for years.

"There has never been any intention to dump anything or dispose of anything in that area," Fillingame explained. "It has always been utilized and changed up from time to time to continue to use it just as a storage area. If there is any misunderstanding here is from the fact that we just created a new driveway back to that area."

The city recently turned over control of the sewer lagoon to the Hancock County Solid Waste Authority, but kept part of the land around it for a storage yard.

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