Wilbros Hearing Moves Into Day Four

The hearing over Wilbros’ appeal of the Georgia EPD’s order calling on the Rose Lane facility to shut down will continue today.

Georgia Office of State Administrative Hearings Spokesman Kevin Westray says that the judge extended the hearing into today and has also scheduled the hearing on the calendar for May 28 and May 29.

The hearing started on Monday in Atlanta before an administrative law judge in the Office of State Administrative Hearings.

Wilbros received the hearing after challenging the administrative order that the state’s Environmental Protection Division issued in January.

In that order, the EPD called on Wilbros to stop receiving waste and begin closure proceedings after acccusing the facility of violating the state’s Solid Waste Management and Water Quality Acts and associated permits multiple times.

Meanwhile, Wilbros, which has been at the center of an odor controversy for years in Stephens County, disputes the EPD’s allegations of permit violations and calls the shut down order unlawful.

Enforcement of the EPD’s order remains on hold until the appeal is heard and ruled upon.

Westray says a decision on the appeal typically comes from the judge within 30 days after the record closes.