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Harrelson landfill testing results from DEQ

NBC 6 has obtained a Louisiana DEQ monitoring report that reveals air and land testing results at the Harrelson landfill.


NBC 6 has obtained a Louisiana DEQ monitoring report that reveals air and land testing results at the Harrelson landfill.

During two days of observation (July 9th and July 10th), a field monitoring team tested seven locations in and around the landfill.

The team found no odor and no smoke, since the fire is out for now.

In fact, the smoke and smell that they did notice, came from the tree burning for I-49.

Neighbors in the MLK area still insist that their health has been compromised by continual fires at the landfill.

Owner Michael Harrelson says he's spent over $3 million trying to put the underground fire out, but he's gotten no help from the city.

"DEQ has not been the problem,” says Harrelson. “The problem has been the City of Shreveport. The city has continually stepped in and thwarted all efforts all the fire."

The landfill is closed, but Harrelson can still accept timber and concrete.

DEQ says it will take 6-8 months to put the fire completely out, and there could be more testing done as crews begin to dig out the fire.

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