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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has issued an emergency order to speed up the removal of flood debris.

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The order allows mattresses, furniture and carpets to be taken to construction and demolition landfills.

Prior to this emergency order, which ends Sept. 30, these materials had to be separated from home debris to be taken to a different type of landfill that accepts household waste and garbage.

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The order is in effect for the 20 parishes covered under the emergency declaration.

Department secretary Chuck Carr Brown, who oversaw debris removal during Hurricane Katrina, said in a news release that monitors will watch what goes into trucks and what gets dropped off at each landfill.

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