Attorneys for both sides in the Wilbros’ civil suit are waiting to hear back from the judge after each completing their own proposed new joint order to replace a court order already in place.
According to Stephens County Attorney Brian Ranck, the new order would replace one issued in January that made the consent order entered into between Wilbros and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division a court order.
Ranck said a 15-day negotiating period to attempt to reach a new joint order wrapped up earlier this week.
“The parties have both prepared their own version of that order,” said Ranck. “We have circulated them amongst each other and now I imagine the next step will be to send those orders to the judge. He will schedule a hearing and divide what he wants to make the court’s order.”
Ranck said that both sides are also still reviewing each other’s proposals to see if there are any areas of common ground in them.
There is no word yet on when the judge will schedule a hearing on the matter.
Last month, Judge Robert Adamson ordered attorneys on both sides to have experts meet with each other and negotiate to see if a new joint order could be reached.
Judge Adamson ordered the negotiations as part of an order continuing the civil trail that was scheduled to start last month.
Stephens County, the city of Toccoa, the Stephens County School System, and the Concerned Citizens of Toccoa-Stephens County citizens’ group are suing Wilbros and associated defendants over the odor coming from the Rose Lane facility.