MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Gov. Robert Bentley has issued an executive order placing a moratorium on the creation or expansion of large landfills in Alabama.
Bentley said Wednesday the state's rules for issuing permits for the landfills do not adequately consider the impact they have on citizens beyond the immediate area. His executive order requires the Alabama Department of Environmental Management and other agencies to come up with new rules. They will apply to proposed landfills that exceed 500 acres or plan to take in more than 1,500 tons of waste each day.
The executive director of the Conservation Alabama Foundation, Adam Synder, said Alabama "has become the nation's dumping ground" and Bentley is taking steps to get that under control.
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