The Walton Sun reports that Panama City firefighters were called to the Coyote Disposal Facility on Tuesday, June 8, 2010 where they found a large fire on several piles of couches, yard debris, clothes and other trash. The fire was deep inside the trash piles and as firefighters knocked down one pocket of flames another pocket would erupt in another area of the landfill.
The Sun reports the landfill has been a source of controversy for years; nearby residents say it brings rats, snakes and other problems to their homes, but this is only the second fire in 16 years, said Site Manager Sandra Moore. The story stated that Moore suspects someone, possibly one of the people who have been complaining about the site, started the fire.
Since 2008, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has sent Coyote several warning letters, and threatened them with more than $20,000 in fines, according to DEP records reviewed by The News Herald.
Included in inspection documents were warnings that the site has endangered ground water quality, kept more than 6,000 percent more "debris" onsite than they are allowed, failed to submit ground water monitoring reports, and kept five full dumpsters of tires on property that is not part of their licensed facility.
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