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Resident discovers illegal dump site in Bessemer

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Several large barrels were left at the illegal dump site. Source: Sherea Harris Several large barrels were left at the illegal dump site. Source: Sherea Harris
BESSEMER, AL (WBRC) -

Several large barrels were recently found at an illegal dump site in a wooded area of Bessemer.

The site is off of Holmes Road and the neighbor who discovered them is concerned it may be something hazardous.

"People come out here and dump their trash. It's look bad," said the neighbor.

The man, who wants to be called Paul, fears the eyesore of litter in his community has become a bio-hazard. Paul found several big barrels or drums tossed in a wooded area off Holmes Drive. Some of them had warnings about the dangerous contents.

"Some were leaking out black tar looking stuff. Some of the vegetation around the drum was dead," he said.

They appear to belong to medical companies. One had words on it that read: "Vaginal Research Birmingham, AL."

"Is that a bio-hazard? Is that really what's inside the container," Paul said.

Mike Harter with Jefferson County EMA says the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) is working to determine exactly what's inside the drums and who illegally dumped them.

Bessemer Mayor Kenneth Gulley says the city is working with ADEM to make sure this doesn't pose any kind of danger to the community.

As for Paul, he's glad the proper authorities are investigating this and he says he just wants it cleaned up.

"It's like no one cares about this road. I hope they'll get it all cleaned up, maybe get the city involved to get the rest of this cleaned up," Paul said.

Mayor Gulley says because the drums are on property that's a state right-of-way, ALDOT is removing them.

FOX News called ADEM for more information but our phone call wasn't returned.

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