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Benton County, Tenn., Officials Accepting Bids to Clean Up Landfill

Officials plan to select a contractor by the end of February and start the cleanup a month later.

For seven years, the landfill in Benton County, Tenn., has been racking up hundreds of thousands of tons of aluminum salt cake, posing hazardous threats and producing bad odors. But now, the company that owns the landfill has filed for bankruptcy and city officials are taking action to resolve the longtime issue by accepting bids to clean up the landfill.

Officials plan to select a contractor by the end of February and start the cleanup a month later.

WBBJ has more details:

Residents in Benton County learn what some are calling a dangerous landfill in the heart of their community is finally on its way out.

It’s been a long battle for Michael Melton.

“Finally, we’re going to get some resolution,” Melton said. “This has been a seven-year problem.”

He’s just one Camden resident who has been putting up with a landfill in his back yard for years.

“Right behind me it’s called ‘black mountain,'” Melton said. “It’s filled with hundreds of thousands of tons of aluminum salt cake.”

He says not only is the stench overwhelming but it’s an eyesore that poses hazardous threats.

Read the full story here.

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