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. 31, 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. 31st! 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.
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. 31, 2020. Comments should be sent to John Sayer (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Keith Stevens (email@example.com)
Customize the sample comment below by copying and pasting into an email. If you have a well, or know of someone that has a well, nearby the proposed site, please send the address or GPS coordinates of the well. Information about flooding and wetlands/ponds near the site is also helpful.
Sample: I ask that you revisit the site limitations included in the letter to Brantley County Development Partners, LLC on December 11, 2019. Several of the items noted in the draft site limitations are inconsistent with the siting rules in Brantley County. The Brantley County Solid Waste Management Plan that is included in the Site Assessment Report submitted by the applicant and revised in October 2019 is not up to date. Brantley County approved amendments to the Solid Waste Management Plan in 2017, and that should be referenced in determining site limitations that will protect the environment and the community’s health.
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. (This is in the 2011 version and the 2017 amendment.)
SWMP also affords 100 ft buffer between the 100-year floodplain of the Satilla River and all its tributaries. (This is in the 2011 version and the 2017 amendment.)
SWMP requires a 1 mile buffer between any churches or schools and a solid waste management facility.
Any alterations on this site could significantly change the hydrology of the watershed so that neighboring and downstream properties are more prone to flooding.