KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- As an illegal dump continues to burn in Knox County, air samples collected there have been sent to the Environmental Protection Agency for testing.
Knox County Engineer Bruce Wuethrich said that doesn't mean there's new concern that anything toxic is in the pit, which has been burning since December. Wuethrich said construction debris and tree stumps were dumped into a sink hole, which then caught fire as the material decomposed.
A contractor has been pulling debris out of the hole and Wuethrich said firefighters have extinguished one vein of fire, but officials think there are three or four separate fires burning in the pit.
Several water wells in the area have also been tested.
Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com
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