Audit: Baldwin owes FEMA $10.5M

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BAY MINETTE, Ala. (AP) - Baldwin County officials plan to
challenge a federal audit that says the county owes the government
$10.5 million in hurricane debris cleanup payments.

In its report last month, the Office of Inspector General for
FEMA says Baldwin County was reimbursed millions too much in
cleanup costs following Hurricane Ivan in 2004 and hurricanes
Dennis and Katrina in 2005.

County Commissioner Wayne Gruenloh says the county has done
everything properly. County officials says they followed the
guidance offered by FEMA at the time.

The audit report says private contractors removed and disposed
of nearly 2.6 million cubic yards of debris, about 2.2 million of
it after Ivan.
It says more than $7.7 million of the challenged payments stem
from "excessive" charges for "tipping fees," or disposal costs,
at county landfills.

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