Wilbros, EPD Reach Proposed Consent Order

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division says it has reached a new proposed consent order with the Wilbros facility in Stephens County regarding its odor.

According to EPD officials, this proposed consent order would resolve an administrative order that the EPD filed against Wilbros in July for numerous EPD violations that the EPD says resulted in excessive odors. Wilbros had appealed that administrative order, which would have suspended all EPD permits issued to the Rose Lane company.

Under the proposed consent order, which was announced late Tuesday afternoon, Wilbros would be required to make 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.

The proposed consent order also requires Wilbros to pay a $25,000 negotiated settlement for alleged violations of Georgia solid waste and water quality control laws.

The EPD says the proposed order also includes implementation of a Design Development Report to give the EPD an enforceable plan for operation of the wastewater system. That report would also detail changes to control odors.

EPD officials say that the order also requires a compost design and operation plan to establish procedures for accepting compostable wastes.

According to the EPD, other requirements to correct odor problems include third-party odor evaluation as well as odor monitoring on a weekly basis.

In addition, the order also prohibits acceptance of waste that would overload the treatment system.

The order is on public notice through November 14 before a final decision on the order is made and can be viewed by going online to www.georgiaepd.com and clicking on the “What’s New at EPD” button. Copies of the order can also be obtained by calling 1-888-373-5947.

Public comments on the order can be mailed to:

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