Illegal Dumping Enforcement - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

11/29/07-Lufkin

Illegal Dumping Enforcement

by Tashun Chism

Bobby Dennis has lived in his current home for 17 years. He sees people drive past the creek in front of his home and dump trash in it all the time.

"That thing's got batteries in there, tires. They're just polluting it all up and it's causing mosquitos," Dennis said.

Situations like that are why Angelina Beautiful Clean hosted an illegal dumping enforcement training class today in Lufkin. The goal was to teach local law enforcement officials the best ways to fight illegal dumping.the class was taught by the director of the Texas Illegal Dumping Resource Center.

<ockels: "People are really trying to change things over here in East Texas. It's difficult because there's not a whole lot of money in many communities here but people are trying to do what's right. They're trying to have cleaner air, cleaner water and cleaner land," TIDRC Director Dr. John Ockels said.

Illegal dumping isn't the only form of litter Angelina County officials are fighting. Some excavators also pose a huge problem.

"They take the dirt out of these dirt pits and they tear down old houses and burnt up houses, and some of them are just putting them in these holes where they take the dirt out," Al Blangger of the Angelina County Sheriff's Department said.

Angelina County officials want people to know they're serious about enforcing illegal dumping laws.

"We've always had a lot of problems with deer hunters. Throwing out deer carcases. That's another problem. If they get caught, they have to pay a fine up to $2,000 and maybe spend up to 6 months in the county jail," Blangger said.

If you would like to report a case of illegal dumping you can contact Code Enforcement or Angelina Beautiful Clean.

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