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Farmland Owner Ordered to Clean Up Sewage Smell

Published On: Nov 25 2013 10:35:17 AM AKST

A Fairbanks judge has ordered the owner of 500 acres of farmland to eliminate the smell from lagoons filled with septic tank waste.

Robert Riddle, owner of Fairbanks Pumping and Thawing, is scheduled for a Tuesday hearing to gauge progress made in cleaning up the odors off Eielson Farm Road.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner says the order from Superior Court judge Bethany Harbison stems from a lawsuit brought by subdivision developer Eric Lanser, who began to develop adjacent property and farmsteads in 2007.

Riddle and his attorney did not immediately return requests for comment Monday.

Lanser says the reason he went forward with his lawsuit is because the Fairbanks North Star Borough and the state Department of Environmental Conservation did not adequately enforce permits on Riddle's property.