(Winston-Salem Journal) - Investigations of two illegal dumps in southern Stokes County are continuing as state environmental officials decide whether to fine the owners of the dumps, which were ordered closed last month.
Officials with the N.C. Division of Waste Management ordered removal of all waste in the dumps and warned of possible penalties up to $5,000 a day for violations of solid-waste laws, according to letters sent last month to the owners of both dumps.
State officials began investigating the two dump sites for operating without proper permits after a complaint made in May. One site, off Payne Road just outside of Rural Hall, is owned by Randall Griffin. The other site on Slate Road in King is owned by Clyde Duggins, 85, who was Stokes County sheriff for four years in the early 1970s.