Brantley County is not a suitable place for a Landfill.
In 2016, Brantley County Development Partners, LLC submitted an application to Georgia's Environmental Protection Division (EPD) to build a landfill in Waynesville adjacent to US 82. The community has voiced strong opposition to this project due to environmental concerns and health concerns.
In October 2019, the company submitted a revised Site Assessment Report to EPD, and EPD resumed review of the permit application.
On Dec. 17, 2019, EPD shared Draft Site Limitations with the public, and is accepting public comments until Jan. 15, 2020. These Draft Site Limitations are not consistent with Brantley County's Solid Waste Management Plan, meaning that EPD is being more lenient and less protective of the county's water resources than what the county has said is allowed.
What can you do? SEND A COMMENT TO EPD.
Comments are due Jan. 15th! Keep in mind that you are commenting on the draft site limitations for this proposed landfill. What does this mean?? If EPD were to grant a permit for this proposed landfill, the site limitations tell the Brantley County Development Partners where exactly on the site they would be able to dispose of waste. --------- In your comment letter, make sure you reference the project: Re: Draft Site Limitations for Brantley County Development Partners, US 82 Solid Waste Handling Facility – South, Brantley County, Proposed Municipal Solid Waste Landfill, APL 01301
In your comment letter, be sure to tell EPD what qualities make this a bad site for a landfill, if there are additional restrictions that the company should be held to, and explain why you think this.
Key points to include: (Copy these points word-for-word, if you want)
The Site Assessment Report submitted by the applicant AND the site limitations drafted by the EPD are NOT consistent with Brantley County’s Solid Waste Management Plan.
For example, the Brantley County SWMP requires a 1 mile buffer between residences or wells and any waste disposal activities.
The SWMP also states that there should be a 100-ft undisturbed buffer around all wetlands.
SWMP also affords 100 ft buffer between the 100-year floodplain of the Satilla River and all its tributaries.
SWMP requires a 1 mile buffer between any churches or schools and a solid waste management facility.
Alterations on this site could significantly change the hydrology of the watershed so that neighboring and downstream properties are more prone to flooding.
Send a comment to the Environmental Protection Divisionto let them know this is NOT a safe site for a landfill. Comments on the draft Site Limitations are due Jan. 15, 2020. Comments should be sent to John Sayer (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Keith Stevens (email@example.com) Customize this template with your own concerns.