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Landfill opponents take concerns to county board

Petition with 600 signatures in circulation

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POSTED: April 18, 2011 4:00 p.m.

Residents against a proposed landfill in North Bryan again lashed out against the project, this time at Tuesday’s meeting of the Bryan County Board of Commissioners.

Laurie Langston and Roy Goodman each spoke for about five minute at the beginning of the meeting. Each gave commissioners a number of reasons they opposed the landfill, proposed by Pooler-based Atlantic Waste Services Inc.

Langston said the landfill, which, if built, would cover more than 260 acres in Black Creek, would not only harm the environment and negatively impact the quality of life of those who live nearby, it would also hurt Bryan County’s economy.

“I want you to think about the fact that Bryan County would now be known as the dumping ground for all the surrounding counties,” said Langston, claiming the landfill will harm residential growth in the county. “What about those people purchasing half-million-dollar lots (on the Ogeechee)? How are they going to feel when they’re watching solid waste floating down the river?”

Goodman, who told commissioners he represented a group called Concerned Citizens of Bryan County Against the Landfill, showed commissioners a map of the area and said that there were 12 subdivisions close to the proposed site.

“Within a two-mile radius of the landfill, there are seven subdivisions,” Goodman said, disputing what he said were Atlantic Waste Service claims that only 50 homes would be impacted by a landfill. “Within a five-mile radius, there are five more (subdivisions).”

Goodman said there were plenty of people on both ends of the county who are against the landfill, which would lie south of I-16 and west of Olive Branch Road.

“I have copies of a petition I’d like to share,” he told commissioners. “There are 600-plus signatures already … People in Bryan County, north and south Bryan County, are against it. What we’re asking is that you give us a fair shake and evaluate what it does to the area and to the people that live in it.”

For more, pick up a copy of the April 16 edition of the News.

 

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