Owners of the controversial and now defunct Coteau-area landfill are agreeing to pay the state tens of thousands of dollars after receiving multiple violations from 2005 through 2009.
This is what Celena Cage, an administrator from the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, had to say about the pending settlement in an over the phone interview.
"As additional violations did occur and as those violations occurred the department issued the appropriate action to address those issues and compliance was achieved at that time," says Cage.
According to the settlement document posted on the DEQ website Gordon's disposal will pay the state more than $73,000. But that's not all.
"As a term of the settlement agreement the department entered into with Gordon's Disposal they will also close another facility in the area," says Cage.
That other facility is the Trahan landfill owned by another company and according to the agreement, Gordon's Disposal will cough up at least $150,000 to stabilize it.
A relief for area residents who fought Doerle's landfill with petitions and public hearings based on violations you could find in the agreement.
"Some (compliance issues) related to some buffer issues, there's some waste water issues, there were some observations noted with levies surrounding the facility," says Cage.
One of the biggest opponents of the landfill was perhaps the Iberia Parish Airport Authority concerned about birds around the airport posing a safety hazard to planes.
But Cage says compliances have been met and the area has been made safer.
"The facility will not open in the future and the department does not have reason to believe that it will cause any impact," says Cage.
The owner of Gordon's Disposal could not be reached for comment as of Friday evening.
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