ADEQ Tells Crittenden County To Clean-Up The Landfill

May 18, 2005 -- Posted at 10:30 p.m. CDT

Marion, AR -- "We just don't see this problem as being as that big. This may be a way to get our attention so they can say we gave you fair warning and now we are going to close you down, but that is not going to happen," said Crittenden County Judge, Melton Holt.

Last week, the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality made Crittenden County officials aware of a list of problems at their landfill.

Among the problems, the ADEQ said the landfill goes over permitted heights.

"We have more low spots than we do have high spots in that area. This leveling can be done simply with a bulldozer, and pushing the garbage around those areas," said Holt.

Another problem cited, taking household trash, and depositing it in areas designated for waste like construction debris.

"That was originally a class one area, and from what I understand, we can still be dumping class 1 on the footprint of the area," said Holt.

Holt says officials are already working with engineers to meet the ADEQ's standards.

The response we have got to make is not going to be that difficult, and we'll have this stuff taken care of in the next 30 to 60 days and this will all be history," said Holt.

This will have no immediate effect on residents whose trash goes to the landfill, which serves Crittenden, Poinsett and Cross counties.