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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