PCB-Laden Dirt Barred From Alabama Landfill

Associated Press

A federal judge on Friday temporarily halted the shipment of 47,000 tons of PCB-contaminated dirt from Texas to an Alabama landfill, saying federal environmental officials broke their own rules in approving the transfer.

U.S. District Judge Robert Varner said the Environmental Protection Agency failed to notify Alabama officials of the impending shipment. In granting Alabama’s request for a temporary ban, Varner said he would hold another hearing soon on whether to extend the prohibition.

The truck shipments from the Houston area to Chemical Waste Management Inc. in Emelle in western Alabama had been set to begin today, attorneys said.