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Georgia County Considers Banning Coal Ash from Landfills

The ban would target coal ash and other coal combustion residuals.

How to handle coal ash has been a persistent issue in recent years, stemming back to a big coal ash spill that took place in 2014.

Some states have discussed bans of coal ash ponds. For some landfills, that has created new business opportunities including the recovery of rare earth materials.

But one Georgia county is reportedly considering banning coal ash from going to its landfills.

The Forsyth Herald has the report:

At its Jan. 4 meeting, the County Commission discussed creating an ordinance that was spurred by lengthy negotiations with Advanced Disposal Services last year.

Last month, the county entered into an agreement with the company which owns and operates Eagle Point Landfill in north Forsyth. The agreement will give the county more access to the landfill to police its operations.

The landfill has sparked contention with the county and public since they learned earlier lastyear about plans for expansion.

The ordinance cannot be formally adopted until after two public hearings, which would put its earliest approval sometime in February.

County Attorney Ken Jarrard said Advanced Disposal seems comfortable with the ordinance and has agreed it will not seek to challenge it.

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