New Date Set for Wilbros Hearing in Stephens Co.

A hearing postponed earlier this month in Stephens County’s civil suit case against Wilbros will now take place next month.

According to Stephens County Attorney Brian Ranck, the hearing before Judge Robert Adamson will begin September 12 at 9:30 a.m. at the Stephens County Government Building.

Ranck said if a second day is needed, the hearing would then continue on September 13.

According to officials, the hearing’s purpose is to help reach a new court order to replace the one put in place in December.

The original court order made the Georgia Environmental Protection Division consent order agreed to by Wilbros an official order of the court.

Negotiations between attorneys for the county and other plaintiffs and Wilbros to try to jointly reach a new court order have not yielded any results to this point.

The hearing now set for September 12 was originally scheduled for August 7.

However, Judge Adamson contacted attorneys for both sides at 10 p.m. the night before the hearing to postpone it.

Stephens County, the city of Toccoa, the Stephens County School System, and the Concerned Citizens of Toccoa-Stephens County citizens’ group are suing Wilbros and associated defendants over the odor coming from the Rose Lane facility.