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Shreveport rejects landfill owner's fire mitigation plan

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SHREVEPORT, La. (KTBS) - The City of Shreveport has rejected a plan to mitigate the fire at the Harrelson Material Management landfill on Russell Road.

Owner Michael Harrelson had been given a July 1 deadline to submit an acceptable plan. According to a statement from the city, Mayor Cedric Glover says the latest plan is "simply inadequate."

"This company has continued to operate in spite of the multiple violations and citations that have been issued and it still insists on draining city resources to contain a fire that it’s been basically fueling for far too long," Mayor Glover said in the statement. "It’s time for that to end and for the people of Shreveport to receive the relief that we all deserve."

Earlier this week, after hearing complaints from outraged residents, Glover appealed to the Governor's office to step in. The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality then issued a cease and desist order, barring new waste from being disposed at the landfill, because it could fuel the flames.

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The Shreveport Fire Department released a list of reasons why, it says, Harrelson's plan to control the fire would not work. They include:

"Moving burning debris from one area of the landfill to another geographical location on the property will compound the burning problem.
There is no adequate water supply to conduct the extinguishment operations referred to in the (Harrelson) plan.
There is a lack of proper size and working heavy equipment to accomplish the plan.
SFD does not have the resources and personnel and equipment to dedicate and support an extended extinguishment operation referred to in the plan, without potentially compromising efficient response to the remainder of the city."

SFD also issued the following recommendations to Harrelson in an effort to allow him to mitigate the ongoing fire.

"Due to this being an "emergency declaration," Harrelson is required to exercise the means necessary to extinguish the fire and should hire a third-party professional company that specializes in deep seated land-fill fires.
That third-party company should provide all the necessary resources to fully extinguish the fire and a copy of their action plan should be provided to the city of Shreveport.
SFD would still respond there for emergencies, however, the fire mitigation process would be the sole responsibility of the third-party company."

Meanwhile, Harrelson has said that his plan is sufficient and that he intends to keep using it.

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