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Russell Road Community Still Dealing with Landfill in Their Backyards

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People in one area of the city say their neighborhood stinks, literally. And they're tired of it. Imagine stepping out into your front yard and seeing a land fill walking distance right from your door.

This has been an issue for years for this community and for the landfill in question.

"There's a foul odor in the air. It's apparent something's being burned." Said Phebe Edwards. Edwards didn't want her face shown on camera but she says that won't stop her from getting the word out on what's going on in her community. The Martin Luther King Community, especially the neighborhood around Russell road has been smelling what they describe as dead animals or burned chemicals for years now. "People in our neighborhood pay taxes just like everybody else. If we were in an affluent neighborhood, this would not be an issue."

Michael Harrelson, is the Owner Harrelson Materials Management, the landfill on Russell Road. He said, "I hate it a lot worse than they do because not only do I have to work in it, it's costing me a lot of money just to deal with it." He said, he's been fighting unknown fires in his landfill for months and has even taken his complaints and a lawsuit to the city to deal with it. But because of the suit he, nor the city can say much about the situation. But Harrelson says they're doing what they can to control the problem. "I'm working with DEQ on a daily basis, this is a highly unusual set of circumstances that we're working with."
Phebe Edwards said, unfortunately it looks like there's no end in sight. "That landfill is in my neighborhood, when it never should have been. It should've been out in the country somewhere. But it's there, there's nothing we can do about it now."

Residents in the MLK community filed a law suit back in 2006 to get rid of the land fill completely, and lost. So did their appeal. But Harrelson says he wants to be a good neighbor and hopes that once his court case with the city comes to a close it'll be a solution that everyone can live with. The area around Russell Road is zoned for inert materials such as construction materials.

 

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