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WILLIAMSON – Citations have been issued for litter violations following the removal of seven tons of trash from an illegal “open” dump site in Mingo County.

Mingo County Commission President Greg “Hootie” Smith said today that several truckloads of trash and debris were removed from the site, located along U.S. Highway 52 near Chattaroy.

Mingo County Litter Patrol officers issued several citations in connection with debris found at the site, Smith explained, adding that the Mingo County Prosecutor’s Office, Mingo County Sheriff’s Department and the state’s Division of Natural Resources have all been contacted in connection with the illegal dumping.

The property owners were also notified and are currently taking steps to secure it from public access.

“This is just another effort on the part of the commission to clean up our county,” Smith said. “I want to encourage our residents to take pride in our county. If we are going to transform our county into the tourism destination we all want it to be, we have to start at home with something as simple as litter control and education.”

In April, the county commission sponsored a monthlong, countywide cleanup which saw the removal of approximately 300 tons of trash from county roadways and hollows.

“We are serious about cleaning up our county and keeping it clean,” Smith stressed. “We will enforce our litter laws and prosecute those who violate them.”

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