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Gulfport supervisors reject BP's plan to use landfill for oil spill waste

GULFPORT — Harrison County supervisors voted unanimously Monday to oppose BP using the Pecan Grove landfill in Harrison County to dump waste from the oil gushing in the Gulf of Mexico.

Supervisors found out last week during a meeting with elected officials that the unified command's preliminary plan called for putting debris into the landfill. The board said it is "stringently opposed" to that plan.

Supervisor Marlin Ladner said the landfill takes in waste within 100 miles of here, so that would mean debris from Mobile to New Orleans could be put there.

“That’s something we’d have to deal with for years to come,” he said. “I don’t think we should be responsible for taking care of the debris.”

Marti Powers, a spokeswoman for BP, said every agency involved with unified command received input about the best way and the best places to put the debris. She said Pecan Grove was on a pre-approved list of sites.

“We are open to suggestions for other places to put waste,” she said.

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