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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

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Lafayette County gets help to clean up dumps

Lafayette County has been awarded a $14,000 grant by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality to offset costs of cleaning up illegal dumps. (April 1, 2011, Page 5A)

Illegal dumpers caught on camera

Lafayette County Solid Waste Manager Bobby Jones said his department has caught six people illegally dumping on developed land in the county using hunting, motion-detection cameras in “hot spots” around the county where they’ve seen repeated dumping violations. (February 11, 2011, Page 1A)

Winter storm packs wallop

Oxford and Lafayette County residents woke up to a winter wonderland this morning, after a winter storm dumped close to 9 inches in some parts of the community. (more…) (January 10, 2011, Page 1)

Land owner said he will make things right

Land owner Braxton Comer said he wants to do what’s right and will take responsibility to clean up land he owns off Old Highway 7 that the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality says is an illegal dump. The materials found on the property come from five homes that were torn down. Samples from where the homes were removed are being tested by MDEQ to check for possible asbestos contamination.

Comer is meeing with MDEQ officials on Wednesday. (December 28, 2010, Page 1)

MDEQ investigates possible asbestos dumping

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality is investigating an illegal dump in Lafayette County where asbestos was found in the rubble of several condemned duplexes that were dumped and buried on property located on County Road 303.

In November, Lafayette County Solid Waste manager Bobby Jones received a complaint the property was being used as an illegal dumping ground for five old condemned duplexes that were torn down and dumped on the property. When Jones went to the property to investigate, he also discovered other construction debris — mattresses, hundreds of tires, concrete, wood, shingles, pipes and other unknown chemical containers.

MDEQ sent a letter to the property owner, Braxton Comer, earlier this month advising him to cease dumping any solid waste at the site immediately and requested him to come to Jackson on Dec. 29 for administration hearing to discuss the allegations. (December 16, 2010, Page 1A)

City swats litter bugs

On Wednesday, an Oxford Police Department officer issued a citation to the residents of a house on Beanland Drive that has had several complaints about leaving beer cans and other garbage laying around outside. City and county officials are seeing less intentional trash but uncovered garbage bags are wreaking havoc. (April 30, 2010, Page 1A)

County gets grant to clean up illegal dumps

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has awarded Lafayette County a solid waste assistance grant of $18,108 that will be used by the county for funding assistance for a local solid waste enforcement officer and for cleanup of unauthorized dumps. (January 20, 2010, Page 2)

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