Wilbros Pre-Trial Conference This Month

Attorneys for both sides in the Wilbros civil case will meet with the judge for a pre-trial conference later this month.

Stephens County Attorney Brian Ranck said Tuesday the attorneys will have a pre-trial conference with Judge Robert Adamson on the case on April 30 to discuss the case and issues that need to be dealt with.

In February, Judge Adamson had ordered a trial to take place on May 21 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Stephens County, the city of Toccoa, the Stephens County School System, and the Concerned Citizens of Toccoa-Stephens County group have sued Wilbros over the odor coming from the Rose Lane facility.

Until a trial takes place, Judge Adamson has ruled that a consent order agreed to by Wilbros and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division that agency officials say is designed to mitigate the odor remains an official court order.

Regarding that consent order, EPD Spokesman Kevin Chambers said in an e-mail Tuesday that Wilbros has completed a cover for the anaerobic pond, as well as a gas collection and flare system.

Wilbros was to have that work done by March 16. However, the EPD granted an extension for completion until this past Monday due to rainfall that has affected construction.

Chambers went on to state that Wilbros is working on grassing and cosmetics this week.

Meanwhile, Chambers also said that the EPD continues to review a proposal by Wilbros to conduct in-vessel processing on site for the composting. This would mean that the composting would be done in a tank.