Republic announces no coal ash for Broadhurst

Republic Services has dropped its plans to bring coal ash to its Broadhurst landfill in Wayne County, and the company will not build a large rail spur at the present time, the company announced late Wednesday afternoon.

“The Broadhurst Environmental Landfill team announced today the site’s latest efforts as a good neighbor to work cooperatively with local officials and community leaders. The team is voluntarily withdrawing three pending permit applications before federal and state authorities, reinforcing the landfill’s strong commitment to the community and responsiveness to local environmental concerns,” according to a company news release. 

“We take great pride in being a good neighbor in Wayne County,” said Drew Isenhour, area president of Republic Services. “Part of being a good neighbor involves listening, which we have done and will continue to do. We believe that by withdrawing these pending permit applications, while we sit down with community leaders to further explore potential common ground, we are going above and beyond to demonstrate our commitment to Wayne County.” 

News of the announcement spread quickly through the community, and reaction was that of relief.

“I am about to cry,” Peggy Riggins of No Ash At All said upon hearing the new.

(See Saturday’s edition of The Press-Sentinel for complete details.)

The following is a copy of the news release:

SCREVEN, GA (April 5, 2017) – The Broadhurst Environmental Landfill team announced today the site’s latest efforts as a good neighbor to work cooperatively with local officials and community leaders. The team is voluntarily withdrawing three pending permit applications before federal and state authorities, reinforcing the Landfill’s strong commitment to the community and responsiveness to local environmental concerns.

Specifically, the Landfill team is withdrawing a 2015 request to modify a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit to accommodate an expanded rail facility, along with a related request before the Georgia Environmental Protection Division for a state water quality certification. In addition, the team is withdrawing an application before the Georgia Environmental Protection Division to amend the Landfill’s solid waste handling permit to allow for a monofill for disposal of coal combustion residuals.

“We take great pride in being a good neighbor in Wayne County,” said Drew Isenhour, area president of Republic Services. “Part of being a good neighbor involves listening, which we have done and will continue to do. We believe that by withdrawing these pending permit applications, while we sit down with community leaders to further explore potential common ground, we are going above and beyond to demonstrate our commitment to Wayne County.”

The Landfill team manages more than 600 acres of Plantation Pines, including a 257-acre wetlands mitigation site. Another 259 acres have been dedicated to wetlands conservation and preservation, including sections of Little Penholloway Creek. In addition, the Landfill returns roughly $1 million per year to Wayne County for waste accepted at the site, and generates approximately $2 million in direct and indirect benefits to the County annually.

Broadhurst Environmental Landfill is a vital asset to Wayne County, and will continue to serve residents and businesses for generations to come. The Landfill team remains committed to keeping the community informed about site plans, including any future rail operations that support waste disposal.

About Broadhurst
Broadhurst Environmental Landfill has been providing safe and environmentally responsible disposal solutions for businesses and municipalities throughout southeastern Georgia since 1994. Learn more athttp://broadhurstlandfill.com/.

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