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Glover asks Jindal to shut down Harrelson Landfill

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Residents in the MLK neighborhood are fed up with a privately owned landfill that they say has a history of disruptive fires. Residents in the MLK neighborhood are fed up with a privately owned landfill that they say has a history of disruptive fires.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

More than a dozen residents showed up at Tuesday's Shreveport City Council meeting to voice their concerns over a business they say is making them ill.

They said they are literally sickened by the Harrelson Landfill located off Russell Rd. just off I-220. A perpetual fire burning at the site has been sending up plumes of thick, black smoke into the air for quite some time.

And the back-and-forth with the city, the landfill owner, Michael Harrelson and the people in the community has been going on for years.

In a letter dated June 19, Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover requested that Governor Bobby Jindal ordered to shut down of Harrelson's landfill due to repeated violations. On Tuesday, the city council voted unanimously in support of that letter.

"They should have never been able to operate this business in the first place," said one resident at the meeting.

"I have three siblings that are deceased from unknown causes," said another.

"This stuff is killing me and my family," said a third person.

Their resounding anthem is that the Harrelson landfill has bombarded their community with a terrible odor, hazardous chemicals in the air and the potential for a huge explosion that could have catastrophic consequences.

Glover agreed that immediate action is needed.

"Despite seven-plus pages of violations, they have been allowed to continue to operate," he said of Harrelson's operation.

Residents pointed to 37 violations from the Department of Environment Quality and 27 calls to the Shreveport Fire Department to put out fires. These, they said, are more than enough reason for the shutdown.

"We need to come in and take some action," Glover said. "We feel that line has not only been crossed but it's been obliterated."

One resident said the problem is bigger than the Cooper Road area, considering cross winds and other issues.

Glover said he expects to hear from Jindal soon. He wants the public to know the city has done all it can at the local level. It's now up to the state to step in.

KSLA News 12 tried to contact Harrelson on Tuesday evening but was unsuccessful.

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