Environmental Protection

Wastewater Facility Agrees to Address Odor Issues

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) has reached a proposed agreement with a Stephens County wastewater treatment and composting facility. Under this agreement the facility will be required to address odor issues and correct problems associated with its operation.

A signed consent order requires that the company make improvements to the facilities wastewater treatment system. Some of the improvements include investing in an impervious cover over the primary treatment pond with a gas collection system and a flare system to properly burn off gases. The company will also pay a $25,000 negotiated settlement for alleged violations of Georgia solid waste and water quality control laws.

The order includes implementation of a Design Development Report (DDR) to give EPD an enforceable plan for operation of the wastewater system to control odors. The order also requires a Compost Design and Operation Plan to establish procedures for accepting compostable wastes.Other requirements to correct odor problems include third-party odor evaluation and weekly odor monitoring. The order also prohibits acceptance of waste that would overload the treatment system.

This order will be on public notice until Nov. 14, 2012. Comments are encouraged by EPD and will be considered before making a final decision. For more information and to view or download the proposed order, visit www.georgiaepd.com.

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