Board says Ark. law needed for polluted sites

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - After agreeing to spend $550,000 to clean up a chemical dump in Rogers, a state panel says legislation is needed to prevent hazardous waste transporters from leaving clients responsible if they don't do their job.

The state Pollution Control and Ecology Commission voted Friday to clean up the HAZ-MERT facility in Rogers. The company went bankrupt in 2009 - a year after inspectors found leaking chemicals. There are 244 companies that are potentially responsible for the costs.

Companies aren't off the hook just because they hire a waste-disposal company; they must also obtain a certificate showing that the material has been properly disposed of. State environmental officials say they will seek legislation in the 2011 session.

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