Airport Given More Time to Clear Sludge From Wetlands
Posted June 19, 2007 3:36 p.m. EDT
Laurinburg, N.C. — 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.