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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The company that has monitored a closed hazardous waste landfill in Sumter County is handing over its duties.

The state Department of Health and Environmental Control issued a joint announcement with Kestrel Horizons on Monday, three days after the agency asked the company to resign. The agency could have asked a court to replace the firm.

Agency director Catherine Templeton says Kestrel will transition duties to an interim administrator over the next three months.

Templeton says Kestrel has done a good job overseeing the 279-acre site near Lake Marion and keeping the public safe, but its administrative fees are too high.

The Greenville company was appointed the site's trustee after industrial waste hauler Safety-Kleen filed for bankruptcy in 2000.

Kestrel director Bill Stephens did not immediately return a message Monday.

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