State Investigating Dumping Of Contaminated Dirt

State officials are investigating what they say is tons of contaminated dirt dumped next to wetlands in the east.

Officials with the State Division of Waste Management say that the dirt dumped just a few miles west of Trenton in Jones County contains jet fuel.

The State Division of Water Quality says trucks started dumping the contaminated dirt three or four weeks ago. Witnesses say truckloads of dirt came in and then workers smoothed it over.

Jones County Sheriff's officials say P and F Environmental from Whitakers trucked in the dirt. Officials believe the dirt came from New River Air Station in Onslow County.

Water quality officials say they received an anonymous phone call about the dirt, and then found a liquid sheen of jet fuel after a preliminary investigation.

The Army Corps of Engineers also spent the day Tuesday scouring the wetlands next to the dirt.

The landowner, an elderly woman, has been given 30 days to clean up the dirt.

P and F and New River did not return phone calls seeking information.

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