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Burning Shreveport landfill's owner speaks out about DEQ

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 It's the second day since DEQ used an administrative order to partly shutdown operations at Harrelson Material Management in Shreveport.

The burning landfill's owner Michael Harrelson spoke Thursday. He has until July 1st to present DEQ a mitigation plan to extinguish the fire. Harrelson says he's had one for years. However, the city kept blocking it because it would require shifting the landfill to better attack the fire. Harrelson plans to present the same plan.

"The mitigation plan is just like everything else we've handed to the city," Harrelson said. "The plan from Nov. 11, 2013. The plan from 2012, 2011. The plan from 2014."

Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover says he's not satisfied with DEQ's basic cease and desist order. He wanted harsher penalties and says the mitigation plan Harrelson has presented just won't work.

"There is nothing that's offered by Mr. Harrelson, in terms of his fire mitigation approach, that actually calls for him to stop taking waste," Glover said."...basically means you're adding fuel to the fire."

Harrelson has been allowed to maintain operations that will help put the landfill fire out. He says he doesn't wish to continue using the site.

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