Tuesday, May 29, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
ROME (AP) -- New rules proposed for some landfills in Georgia could put some of them out of business, and lead to more operating "under the radar," authorities said.
The changes involve so-called inert landfills, The Rome News-Tribune reported. Inert waste is essentially material that doesn't decompose.
More than 2,500 such landfills are permitted in the state, including 26 in Floyd County. Little reporting is required and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division has generally responded only to complaints.
Under the proposed rule changes, however, the facilities would have to meet design and operation standards comparable to construction/demolition landfills. New permit requirements would also include such things as methane monitoring.
The state Environmental Protection Division is hosting a public hearing on the proposed changes on June 7 in Atlanta.
"It might not be to our benefit to keep ours active," Rome Public Works Director Jamie McCord said about the city-county facility at Walker Mountain. "We won't recoup the costs."
City Manager John Bennett and Rome Public Services Manager Kirk Milam also expressed concerns about the effect on private contractors who maintain their own dump sites.
"They'll either bring it to Walker Mountain, and pay a lot more and pass it on, or they'll operate under the radar," Milam said.
New rules including a 200-foot buffer requirement and 30 years of post-closure monitoring amounts to an expensive "unfunded mandate for us and for private contractors," Bennett said.