Chester landfill operator pleads not guilty in fire

LANCASTER, S.C. — The operator of a Chester County landfill that’s been burning since November has pleaded not guilty to violating the state’s solid waste law.

The attorney general’s office said Ronald Ray Olsen entered the plea Thursday in Lancaster

Attorney general spokesman Mark Powell told The State newspaper it would be inappropriate to talk about the charges.

Olsen faces up to one year in prison or a fine of up to $10,000 if he is convicted. His attorney could not be reached for comment.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control says Olsen has failed to maintain proper cleanup funds for the landfill.

The landfill is on the banks of the Broad River.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to spend more than $1 million to try to extinguish the fire.

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Information from: The State, http://www.thestate.com