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Va. city in hot water over roadkill incinerators

Friday - 8/9/2013, 12:28pm  ET

SUFFOLK, Va. (AP) -- The city of Suffolk is catching heat for failing to get required state permits for four incinerators designated to handle roadkill.

The Virginian-Pilot reports (http://bit.ly/1bgG4NS ) the state's Department of Environmental Quality recently discovered the city had been running its diesel-fueled incinerators for six years without permits. The city must apply for permits to comply with state and federal air quality standards.

The furnaces roar at 1,600 degrees and can reduce to ashes about 200 pounds of animal carcasses an hour. Public Works crews clear about 2,000 deer and other dead animals from city roads each year.

Suffolk Public Works Director Eric Nielsen says his staff didn't think the machines had to be regulated. He says the city will continue using the machines while working with the state to become compliant.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com


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