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Feds crack down on dumping site near Palmer

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The Ellis County Press

PALMER - Agents with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms aided county officials in shutting down an illegal dumpsite on Parker Road near Palmer, Wednesday, March 12.

The dumpsite included three large piles of trash, including oil containers, tires, batteries and massive rolls of fiberglass.

'This is an estimated 180 tons of illegal waste, which is a state jail felony,' said Environmental Crimes Investigator Carl Redford. 'We have five illegal commercial dumpsites right now. We made an arrest last week. We're not here to put people in jail or even to fine people. We'd like people to just get out and clean it up.'

Earlier this year, the EPA raided a West Dallas dumpsite that had been receiving much of its waste from an Ennis company.

Residents in and around Ennis said they have not had any help with the county in cracking down on the illegal dumping, but with the federal government's help, something will be done.

'We have a problem that is widespread in Ellis County,' said Director of Development Delton Ake. 'Most of it [dumping] didn't just start. The judge is doing something about [it]. We are beginning to make a difference.'

Ellis County Judge Chad Adams said countywide efforts to crack down on dumping violators would be stronger than ever.

'I refuse to be the dumping ground for the Metroplex,' he said. 'We will be delivering more and more effort in the county, to make Ellis County beautiful and to preserve our national resources.'

County officials urge suspected violators to be reported to Investigator Redford at 972-825-5200.

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