Wilbros Mediation Update

The attorney for Stephens County and other plaintiffs in the Wilbros civil suit said Wednesday mediation between the two sides is ongoing.

Don Stack with Stack and Associates said that attorneys for both the plaintiffs and Wilbros and associated defendants met in mediation last Thursday.

Stack went on to say that the two sides are expected to update Judge Robert Adamson on the status of the mediation over the coming days.

In December, Judge Adamson ordered attorneys for both sides into mediation that was to take place this month. In that order, he requested an update on the status of the mediation no later than Friday, February 1.

Judge Adamson also continued the hearing on the Plaintiffs’ Motion for a Preliminary Injunction against Wilbros from January 3 until February 20. That hearing started back on December 11.

In addition, the judge issued a court order back in December that the EPD consent order agreed to by Wilbros would now be a court order subject to enforcement as with any other court order. That EPD consent order requires Wilbros to take a number of steps that the agency said would reduce and control the odor problem, including not taking certain types of waste, making a number of upgrades to the facility, and making changes to the operation of the facility.

Stephens County, the city of Toccoa, the Stephens County School System, and the Concerned Citizens of Toccoa-Stephens County, LLC have sued the Rose Lane facility over the odor emanating from it.

Tuesday, the Stephens County Board of Education unanimously approved an additional $14,000 expenditure for expenses associated with the suit.