Tallapoosa County

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An appeals court says Alabama's environmental regulators went too far in allowing landfill operators to cover waste with anything other than dirt.

The Alabama Court of Civil Appeals ruled Friday in a lawsuit filed by people who live near two central Alabama dumps, Arrowhead Landfill in Perry County and Stone's Throw Landfill in Tallapoosa County.

The decision says the law required that companies use at least 6 inches of soil to cover material that's dumped into landfills.

A federal judge in Alabama recently ruled to leave a temporary restraining order in place against a Hyundai auto supplier after the company was accused of firing an employee during a federal safety investigation.

The ruling is a continuation of an order requested by the U.S. Labor Department after Lear Corp. fired former employee Kimberly King for making public allegations about exposure to hazardous chemicals in the plant.

King and several other employees had developed asthma and other breathing problems after working in the plant.