Property owner ordered to stop dumping construction debris near Wolf River


MEMPHIS, Tenn. ( – The Memphis Board of Adjustments said no to Richard Pearce’s request for a permit to dump construction debris into a former mining pit in northeast Memphis.

People who live in that area say he’s been dumping there illegally for months. Shelby County issued a stop work order in February, but that hasn’t stopped the dump trucks.

The 71-acre site is just feet from a lake that empties into the Wolf River and is only separated by a levee that has been breached.

Pearce has four months to repair the levee and pay for soil testing to determine if any dumping was harmful.

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