Wilbros Hearing Continued Until August

The hearing over Wilbros’ appeal of the Georgia EPD’s administrative order calling on the facility to close is now being delayed until this summer.

At the request of attorneys, the hearing has been continued until at least August.

New dates for the hearing have not been finalized at this time.

The hearing in front of Administrative Law Judge Ronit Walker had been set to resume today in Atlanta in the Office of State Administrative Hearings.

It started back in May.

Wilbros received the hearing after appealing the administrative order issued by the state’s Environmental Protection Division in January.

That order from the EPD called on Wilbros to stop receiving waste and begin closure proceedings after accusing the facility of violating the state’s Solid Waste Management and Water Quality Acts and associated permits multiple times.

Wilbros, which has been at the center of an odor controversy for years in Stephens County, disputed the EPD’s allegations in the order and calld that order to close unlawful.

The EPD’s administrative order cannot be enforced on Wilbros until after the appeal is resolved.

A spokesman for the Office of State Administrative Hearings said a decision on an appeal typically comes within 30 days after the case concludes and the record is closed.