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Rural Georgia community torn on commercial landfill proposal

August 19, 2019

SYLVANIA, Ga. (AP) — A rural Georgia community is still wrestling with the idea of putting a commercial landfill near their homes.

WSAV-TV reports the proposed landfill is leaving Screven County residents torn between economic benefits versus environmental concern.

Atlantic Waste Services says the landfill would occupy about 84 acres of a 1,000 acre dairy farm.

Company Vice President Ben Wall says the landfill can make tens of millions in revenue and open up about 40 to 45 jobs with a $35,000 average salary.

The landfill was proposed in May but residents are still voicing concerns about the long-term effects and groundwater contamination.

Wall says that the landfill is regulated and includes a proven contaminate collection system.

County leaders say they have to update their solid waste plan before proceeding with the project application.

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