Lawsuit Seeks To Take Away Landfill Permit

Cherokee County, AL – A lawsuit filed in Cherokee County is trying to take away Waste Management's permit for a landfill that has become involved in Alabama's government corruption investigation. The suit was filed in circuit court Tuesday. It claims Waste Management acquired the Three Corners Landfill in Cherokee County fraudulently. Landfill developer Lanny Young and former Cherokee County Probate Judge Phillip Jordan are named as defendants along with Waste Management. Federal prosecutors have charged both Young and Jordan in a bribery scheme to get the landfill project approved. No charges have been filed against Waste Management. Jordan resigned as probate judge of the east Alabama county and agreed to plead guilty to one count. He admitted in his plea agreement that he received 65-thousand dollars from Young for his help in securing the county commission's approval of the landfill. Waste Management spokeswoman Heather Browne said yesterday the company does not believe that anyone with Waste Management was aware of any improper conduct.