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Commissioner to discuss moratorium on borrow pits in Wedgewood community
The public hearing where Escambia County Commissioners will discuss a moratorium on borrow pits surrounding the Wedgewood community happens Thursday evening.
Escambia County Commissioner Lumon May and the owner of Rolling Hills landfill addressed a number of concerns with Channel Three reporter, Kavontae Smalls.
The Wedgewood Community Center is usually open throughout the day, but Commissioner Lumon May has asked the county administrator to temporarily shut down this facility for the next ten days until the air quality tests are complete.
Many Wedgewood residents are expected to wear their orange shirts, and pack commission chambers for a public hearing on borrow pits.
"A moratorium where there will be no more permits issued, no more expansion, of any pit until we get this under control" said Lumon May, Escambia County Commissioner.
Escambia County Commissioner, Lumon May admits the county could have done a better job on the situation in Wedgewood.
"If we have to move forward with stricter ordinances and stricter codes, then I'm willing to lead that charge" said May.
In recent months, Wedgewood residents have been pushing for county and state officials to act on the growing landfill problems.
Rolling Hills landfill owner Scott Miller says this uprising has caught him by surprise.
"We're a little bit on our heels as we're trying to figure out a way to deal with this" said Scott Miller, Rolling Hills Owner.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection says Rolling Hills has failed to implement a remedial action plan to address ground water concerns.
Escambia Code Enforcement also issued Rolling Hills citations for discharging dust and offensive odors.
As of this week, Rolling Hills has failed to correct that problem too.
"It's a delicate process working with both state and county processes" said Miller.
Air quality tests found elevated levels of hydrogen sulfide gas were coming from Rolling Hills landfill.
Dr. John Lanza with the Escambia Health Department says the gas typically comes from dry wall when it's wet and starts to decay.
Miller denies drywall is the source.
"It's coming from stuff that has been buried for a while and has been exposed due to erosion because of all the rain we're getting right now" said Miller.
"Every child deserves clean air, clean water, and clean soil, and I see that as a constitutional right" said May.