Landfill operator fined $86,050 for environmental violations

Posted 10:29 a.m. Saturday

— An operator of landfills in Jackson and Lauderdale counties is paying an $86,050 civil fine for 10 violations of environmental rules.

Florida-based Waste Pro agreed to pay the fine to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, which cited three subsidiaries for violations in 2015.

The regulator said that in Jackson County, a recycling facility and landfill weren't inspecting for and removing unauthorized waste, were disposing waste outside the permitted area, weren't layering dirt over buried garbage and weren't submitting reports.

The regulator also cited a lack of reports in Lauderdale County.

Later inspections found the Jackson County facilities complying with rules.

Roger Applewhite, the manager of Applewhite Recycling Systems, Talley Disposal and Waste Pro Meridian Landfill, signed the Sept. 15 order, agreeing to waive hearing rights and pay the fine.


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