News 4 Exclusive: Dothan Business Operating Illegally

By: Rayne McKenzie Email
By: Rayne McKenzie Email

It looks like a six foot deep pond of mud, but one whiff of the place and you'll know, there's more here than meets the eye. All-pro rooter uses this land as a dumping ground for what it says is fertilizer, but what the Alabama Department of Environmental Management or ADEM says is untreated waste.

CPL Brian Goguen with the Environmental compliance division of the Dothan Police Department said, "At present time we are doing an investigation of this location where the dumping of materials you see in the field out here."

In April ADEM sent a letter to the business requiring more stringent compliance with regulations...since then the Dothan fire marshal’s office, and police department have become involved as a direct result of nearby businesses’ and homeowners’ complaints.

CPL Goguen said, "This is a problem because there is a noxious odor of some substance that's being dumped into this field out here."

Now all-pro faces being shut down because of a expired business license. At his first appearance in court the owner will not only have to explain to the city why he deserves to keep his license, but why he's been operating illegally.

After more than three years of dealing with the situation finally local residents are speaking out.

Holly Arrington with Dixie Land Metals, a business located near All-Pro said, "Our problem is the odor it's very annoying and our customers complain and it will literally take your breath away."

Several businesses near all-pro, including a dumpster company, have complained to the city about the odor but the owner of all-pro feels confident the smell isn't coming from his business.

Owner of All-Pro Rooter and More Dallas Ledington said, "Let's do the proper testing to see who really stinks, it ain't me."

In fact Ledington says contrary to what it looks like, these bio-solids are helping make the world a greener place.

Ledington said, "This is a new industry in our state and it won't be easy, and it’s gonna do nothing but improve our environment."

Ledington agrees some changes need to take place and says he'll comply with ADEM's regulations. The city however will have the last word on the matter and now has the power to put Ledington out of business for violating city law by operating without a valid business license.

The owner of the business, Dallas Ledington says within 10 days all of the waste you saw in that video will be removed from the property and taken to an undisclosed location. He plans to eventually bag it up to sell as nitrogen-rich fertilizer.

Ledington does have a court date scheduled this coming Monday to discuss his expired business license. At that time the city will also discuss his non-compliance with regulations as one reason his license should not be renewed.

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  • by mike on Dec 11, 2010 at 08:20 AM
    i knew your lies and bs would catch up to you sooner or later even your own kids speak out against you
  • by Sebastian Cole Location: Dothan, AL. on Apr 23, 2009 at 03:27 PM
    I find no follow up information on this story. Does that mean your story was inaccurate? there is no public record of a conviction of any kind on this matter. Story's like this on are the very reason that wtvy is loosing its credability. I have on good information that your reporter on this story didn't bother read the certified lab data that proved exactly what this facility was produceing. Why is that? Why would try to scare the publice when there was nothing to be afraid of?
  • by Anonymous Location: Dothan, Al on Sep 4, 2008 at 01:22 AM
    I was born in Dothan. Therefor I was born in Dothan and I have lived in different parts of the city and the surrounding communities within the county. When I lived out toward Ashford you could smell the papermill. When I lived over on Flowers Chapel it was Beaver Creek, and out toward Kinsey I think its called Omussee. Oh and the comment made about Perdue is right on the money I smell it everytime I too drive by. What I want to know is why is the city going after a such small company. You can't tell me this business owner just all of sudden decided he didn't want a business license this year? Oh I think I smell something alright but don't worry Mr. Ledington it's not your stuff I smell!
  • by Cindy Location: Dothan Al on Sep 4, 2008 at 12:49 AM
    I, too have worked for EFS of Dothan. I have seen the business grow from the area's leading rooter company and grease trap waste disposal into the much needed waste treatment facility it is today. Comments have been made about Mr. Ledington's integrity. This is a man who saw the problem of dumping of untreated waste on our state's soil and provided a means to put a stop to it. This is a man whose first concern is stopping the pollution of our environment. I ask now where is your integrity.
  • by anthony ledington Location: mosul iraq on Sep 3, 2008 at 01:52 PM
    i use to work for dallas. i even helped build that place and spent at least two summers running it and i know that my brother ran it to and it does stink it is not clean and is more than likely harmful to the enviroment. it does need to be shut down or taken over and strictly guided by the city of dothan.
  • by Dallas Location: Dothan AL. on Aug 28, 2008 at 10:45 AM
    The Place is not a mess, and furthermore we now have proof that the odor is not coming from us, scentometers put in place have indicated that Perdue is the source of the bad odor. If you will look at the topigraphical map of the areas that are in question, The whole Eastland rd.area is a depression at the top of that depression is Perdue, at the bottom is Eastland Road buisnesses and One private resident whom I might add never opposed our facility during the original Planning meetings. We have been wrongly accused by The City of Dothan, as well as others who wanted there 15 min. of fame at our expense. Were are the camera's? Now that certified data from independent testing facilities has become available? I'll tell you were. "no comment".....Thats Were!
  • by This really stinks Location: Dothan on Aug 11, 2008 at 03:10 PM
    This place is a mess. They are not treating the boi-solids (sludge) they recieve they are only removing most of the water and it still contains large amount of bacteria that can be harmfull to humans and wildlife. It can and has contaminated the stormwater around this site and in the fields it is applied to. If this facility looks this bad I bet the areas were he has dumped and plans to dump more of this stuff looks worse. I hope that the City and ADEM checks out his undisclosed dumping location.
  • by maria Location: dothan on Aug 8, 2008 at 10:52 AM
    I also work in this area and it can't be as bad as Perdue. If you want to get sick breathe that air when they are doing whatever the do to the chickens.
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