clear
Thursday September 3rd, 2015 7:29PM

Toccoa business causing a stink with residents

By Bryan Pirkle Reporter
TOCCOA - A North Georgia composting business is facing a serious challenge from locals who say the stench emanating from compost piles is negatively impacting the community.

According to Fox 5 News, the company, called Wilbros LLC, purchased an abandoned thread factory 3 years ago and has been using various types of waste, ranging from food to human sewage, to compost on the site ever since.

Toccoa residents, increasingly agitated that their complaints have gone unanswered, have begun to protest the company, and their watchdog efforts have led to dozens of code citations being levied against Wilbros.

Last month residents trained their focus on the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and its Environmental Protection Division. Two DNR board members have either personal or business connections with Wilbros' owner, Joe Wilbanks, leading some to believe the agency's inaction may be related to these contacts.

Wilbanks agreed to a consent order from the EPD this month, after failing to comply with a similar order issued in March. DNR officials believe that the requirements set forth in the order, which include building expensive structures to contain the compost piles and no longer accepting human waste, will help contain the smell.

Unsatisfied with the progress being made, residents have asked a judge to step in and shut down the business, but a decision on the matter is not expected until after the holidays.
© Copyright 2015 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Fiscal cliff may determine gas prices at start of 2013
Retail gas prices climb as 2012 comes to end. While gas prices are likely to rise into next year, whether or not a deal is made to avoid the fiscal cliff will determine if prices continue on an upward trend.
6:18AM ( 2 years ago )
Business News
Couch names administrative team
Ahead of his scheduled swearing in Friday, Hall County Sheriff-elect Gerald Couch named his top administrative team Monday.
6:28PM ( 2 years ago )
Tech beats Southern California in Sun Bowl
Tevin Washington threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score to help Georgia Tech beat Southern California 21-7 on Monday in the Sun Bowl.
5:54PM ( 2 years ago )
Hall Co. officials launch health-based initiative for employees
Hall County officials believe healthy county employees will be of greater service to the county. With that in mind, they have created a health-based fitness initiative to provide free fitness training for county workers.
5:46PM ( 2 years ago )
Local/State News
Report: Dog charged police, prompting gunfire in wrong home
A dog charged police officers who entered the wrong Atlanta home searching for a burglar, prompting gunfire that seriously wounded an officer, injured the homeowner and killed the animal, according to a police report released Thursday.
6:43PM ( 46 minutes ago )
Settlement reached for one Hall Co. firefighter injured in 2014 training accident
One of the Hall County firefighters injured in a training accident in July 2014 has reached a settlement with Sutphen Corporation, the company who manufactured the ladder truck that malfunctioned in the accident.
2:52PM ( 4 hours ago )
Ga. students perform better on SAT, national average drops
The Georgia Department of Education (DOE) reported Thursday that Georgia students’ SAT scores for 2015 increased five points, even as the national average dropped seven points.
By AccessWDUN Staff
2:05PM ( 5 hours ago )
Robbery suspects arrested following intensive search
Hall County authorities said an intensive search Tuesday led to two suspects in an August 23 armed robbery in Lula.
1:07PM ( 6 hours ago )
Winder motorist killed in S. Hall wreck involving deer
Authorities have released the name of the man who died Thursday morning in a traffic accident involving a deer on Old Flowery Branch Road in Hall County.
11:42AM ( 7 hours ago )