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Shreveport Landfill owner talks about constant fire

Landfill owner Michael Harrelson says he wants the subterranean fire put out just like everyone else.
The Harrelson Materials Management landfill has had a fire burning underneath the property since 2010. (Kimberly Rusley)
The Harrelson Materials Management landfill has had a fire burning underneath the property since 2010. (Kimberly Rusley)

Neighbors in Shreveport's MLK neighborhood want to put a landfill out of business.

A fire has been burning at the Harrelson Materials Management landfill since June 4th.

Scott Wolverton with Shreveport Fire Department says crews are having a hard time putting it out, because it's been burning underground since 2010.

"We have the equipment to address surface fires, but we do not have the equipment to address subterranean fires, and there's a lot of fire going on underneath there," says Wolverton.

But landfill owner Michael Harrelson says over the last few years, there's been hundreds of flare ups and the fire department hasn't helped until recently.

"In October of 2013, a member of the fire department showed up and said that they were told to stand down, and I think he said by the mayor's office, and he went on to comment that if you want the fire out, put it out yourself," says Harrelson.

"Since the beginning of 2014, up to last week, about Tuesday, we had been out there about 15 times."

Harrelson says he's proposed several solutions to the City of Shreveport, but hasn't gotten a response. Here’s part of his solution: "One, put out the fire, by pushing the landfill over into the other 30 acres adjacent to the sewer plant, which would make two, this whole landfill would be flat 50 feet further down than what it is right now," says Harrelson.

He also proposed discontinuing all landfilling practices and switching to recycling all the materials they get.

But thanks to litigation, Harrelson says he's stuck.

He says he’s spent $3.1 million over the last few years fighting the fire, and just like  neighbors, he wants to see it put out.

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