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Airport Given More Time to Clear Sludge From Wetlands

Posted June 19, 2007

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— State regulators have given the Laurinburg-Maxton Airport Authority more time to remove sludge from nearby wetlands.

The state Division of Water Quality initially demanded that the clean-up be finished by May 25, but that deadline has been extended until July 6, division spokeswoman Susan Masengale said.

Inspectors suspect the fertilizer-like sludge was intentionally dumped at the airport wastewater plant over time.

A company hired to clean the wetlands has gone back to the site to do more work.

The airport authority was fined nearly $100,000 in May because of the dumping, and Masengale said the state could impose fines of up to $25,000 a day for not completing the clean-up on time. Airport officials have said they plan to appeal the fine.

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