A Daily Mail feature on 50,000-tonnes of waste abandoned at an airfield did not show material that is hazardous to health, North Lincolnshire Council has said.
A council spokesman said the waste (not pictured) did not form a health hazard as it was inert and not near to homes, being adjacent to an industrial estate and an oil refinery.
He said clean-up costs had been put at £6m - equivalent to a 20% increase in council tax - and the site was private land.
Richard Hannigan, deputy leader of the council and a councillor for the area concerned, said: “We are working with the Environment Agency, local MPs and the Government and we will find a solution to this for the residents – there are a number of options being pursuing.
“We must not forget this has been a particularly complex matter, involving lengthy legal proceedings – ultimately, the residents are the victims of the criminal actions of an individual.”
He said council taxpayers should not have to meet the clean-up bill ”for someone else’s criminal behaviour”.
Hannigan added: ”We are looking at other options to fund the clean-up, including an offer from the Government to waive the associated landfill charges. This will make a significant dent to the costs but will still leave a large amount of money to be found.”