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Workers clear debris from former dump site in SLO

Contractors continued Wednesday to remove several tons of stockpiled debris at the center of a dispute between a San Luis Obispo man, who once owned the property, and the county, which took it to expand its airport runway.

The 13 acres Jim Filbin once owned had been the site of an investigation for ground and water contamination. San Luis Obispo County took possession of the property in June, county counsel Rita Neal said.

The action is the latest chapter in a dispute between Filbin and the county that began 15 years ago and resulted in his two convictions in 1992 and 2004 for not having construction and land-use permits.

Filbin, who did not return phone calls Wednesday, had operated a recycling outfit without a business license, according to county officials. He has been charged with multiple misdemeanors stemming from the violations, according to court documents.

Engineers later found the property to be contaminated, Neal said.

Assessors have valued the land at $1.15 million, Neal said. Filbin is expected to argue for more money during a trial scheduled for Aug. 20, she said.

—Stephen Curran

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