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EPA shuts down salvage operations at Morristown Liberty Fibers site

March 31st, 2009 12:00 am by Staff Report

According to the Morristown Citizen Tribune the enforcement arm of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency definitively shut down A&E Salvage at the former Liberty Fibers site this morning.

Ivan J. Vikin, assistant special agent in charge of the Atlanta office, said the EPA Criminal Investigation Division executed a search warrant at the Lowland facility, a process that could take "several hours."

"We are serving a search warrant for alleged environmental criminal activity," Vikin said. "We are not serving any arrest warrants today. This is purely a search warrant."

"We’re going to potentially seize some images from computers," the agent said.

The sole focus of the search warrant was the former Liberty Fibers site, which is located east of Highway 160. The Lowland wastewater treatment plant, which city government has a proposed contract to purchase, was not targeted by federal agents.

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