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From the Baxter Bulletin Newspaper

ADEQ, Homeport, reach agreement

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Homeport Land Co. reached an out-of-court settlement on the final phase of a lawsuit.

A hearing scheduled for Thursday was canceled because the parties had reached an agreement, but the parties had not brought him a document to sign yet, Circuit Judge Gary Isbell told The Baxter Bulletin.

The hearing had been set to determine the amount of an environmental fine for Homeport Land Co. Settlement details will not be released until the judge signs the order, said David Ethredge, attorney for Homeport Land Co.

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I really hope that ADEQ kept Homeports feet to the fire.

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Here's one old cynic who will be surprised if that happens John. CC

Make that two. I will be really surprised if the fine, if any, is more than $2500. You know why they will not announce the terms until the judge signs? Because, once signed, the settlement is final. It will not matter how much the people complain after that, it's a done deal.

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Make that two. I will be really surprised if the fine, if any, is more than $2500. You know why they will not announce the terms until the judge signs? Because, once signed, the settlement is final. It will not matter how much the people complain after that, it's a done deal.

As an observer of the Arkansas political spectrum I expect 'business as usual' will prevail. A token fine of far less than adequate proportions is my expectation. It is what I have expected ever since ADEQ, that had been dragging its' feet thru typical bureaucratic stonewalling, panicked and instituted an emergency suit in state court in order to get the ball in their (and their political bosses) court before TU could institute their own announced intent to sue in Federal District Court. Federal involvement was the very last thing that would be tolerable to the state political prostitutional hierarchy. IMO TU made a serious tactical error by announcing their intent prior to the fact. It should have been done in a stealth move to usurp the initiative .

ADEQ is so politisized that it defies belief except for one accustomed to the institutionalized abuses of Arkansas politics that hark all the way back to the Reconstruction era following the War of Northern Aggression. CC

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