dumping in New Orleans brings arrests
Baton Rouge, LA— The Louisiana
Department of Environmental Quality arrested Cecil and McKinley
Person for violating several environmental laws centered around
an unauthorized dump site on Old Gentilly Road in New Orleans.
Cecil was arrested on a charge for criminal damage to property
in excess of $50,000, illegal disposal of a substance and criminal
conspiracy. McKinley was charged with criminal damage to property
in excess of $50,000 and criminal conspiracy.
DEQ investigators determined
the Persons were charging people hauling waste tipping fees that
are slightly lower than two nearby permitted landfills. However,
the Persons’ site had no controls over what types of wastes
were being dumped. The Persons did not have the permits necessary
to operate a landfill.
The Persons began the waste operation
without the permission of the landowners and continued to operate
even after being ordered to cease the dumping by the owners and
Before Hurricane Katrina the
site was 200-feet wide by 800-feet long with waste at least five-feet
deep. Since the hurricane, the site has grown.
The majority of waste going into
the site was construction and demolition debris. Investigators
also documented multiple portable fuel tanks, aerosol cans, waste
tires and vehicles. The site has recently received hurricane waste