EPD To Hold Wilbros Public Hearing Next Week

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division has announced a public hearing to accept comments on the Wilbros proposed consent order.

The EPD said that public hearing will take place on Thursday, November 15 at 7 p.m. in the Tugaloo Center for the Performing Arts at Stephens County High School in Toccoa.

According to the EPD, the public hearing is a formal process to receive comments on the proposed consent order.

The EPD reached a proposed consent order with Wilbros earlier this month to address what the EPD calls violations of rules for solid waste management and water quality control.

Under that proposed consent order, the EPD would require improvements to the facilities wastewater treatment system, including an investment in an impervious cover over the primary treatment pond with a gas collection system and a flare system to properly burn off gases, third-party odor monitoring, implementation of a Design Development Report to give the EPD an enforceable plan for operation of the wastewater system, and payment of $25,000, among other things.

Officials with the EPD said the agency believes these are corrective actions that will reduce odors coming from the Rose Lane facility.

EPD representatives are scheduled to make a brief presentation at the beginning of the hearing and participants who wish to comment for the record are requested to sign in upon arrival at the hearing on the 15th.

Long statements or statements of a very technical nature should be submitted in writing for the record.

During the hearing, oral statements will be limited to three minutes in length.

Written comments can also be sent to the EPD by mail or e-mail. The deadline to submit comments has also been extended until November 21.

The e-mail address for submitting comments is EPDcomments@dnr.state.ga.us. If e-mailing, include the words “Proposed Consent Order Comments, Wilbros LLC” in the subject line.

Comments can also be mailed to:

Ms. Linda MacGregor
Watershed Protection Branch
4220 International Parkway, Suite 101
Atlanta, Georgia 30354

The proposed order can be viewed by going online to www.georgiaepd.com and clicking on the “What’s New at EPD” button.