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Illegal landfill leads to charges for Florida man

December 05, 2017 - 9:05 AM

MIAMI - An illegal Florida landfill piled with trash 40 feet (12 metres) high has led to criminal charges against the property owner.

The Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office said in a news release Tuesday that 55-year-old Gelio Justino Hernandez is charged with operating an illegal landfill and failing to obtain proper permits.

Authorities say the site covering more than 3 acres (1 hectare) is piled with wood, concrete, oil buckets, roofing materials, tires, metal, carpet and plant debris that is in danger of catching fire.

In December 2016 the landfill burned for two weeks, forcing some neighbours to temporarily abandon their homes because of the smoke.

Court records Tuesday did not list an attorney for Hernandez.

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