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Shreveport mayor holds meeting about landfill fire, wants to shutdown the facility

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SHREVEPORT, La. -  Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover made it clear to residents living near the burning Harrelson landfill, he wants the facility shutdown for good. Glover even promised to write to Governor Bobby Jindal and ask for the authorization to enforce citations against the landfill.

Glover displayed list after list of Harrelson's violations, as well as violations from the landfill's previous owners. City attorneys pointed out that the city has 20 years worth of courtroom drama with the landfill. The landfill operates on more than 70 acres of land. Glover noted it's only been zoned for nearly 30 acres. He says landfill operators have allowed dumping to continue while Shreveport firefighters are working to control the blaze. Glover says that must stop, improvements with water delivery must be made and more, in order to put the fire out.

"The first thing we have to do is stop supplying it with fuel," Glover said. "Which means this operation should not still continue to be open and accepting new materials that are simply adding to and feeding the fire. If you're in a hole and you want to get out, the first thing you do is stop digging."

Several residents that attended the meeting are also calling for the landfill to shutdown. Some even talked about taking Harrelson landfill to court themselves. Irma Rogers, MLK Community Development Corporation President, says two residents did just that around five years ago. However, he state did nothing.

"My thing is, they kept letting them exist and enlarge," Rogers said. "You had more than a thousand signatures from residents in this area that said this was a nuisance, that it's not adequate for living purposes."

As of now, Shreveport Fire Department is still working with the landfill to keep the fire under control. Stay with KTBS as this story develops.
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