mostlycloudy
Thursday May 26th, 2016 6:55AM

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 2016 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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.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 ( 3 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 ( 3 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 ( 3 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 ( 3 years ago )
Local/State News
UPDATE: 11 states - including Georgia - sue over Obama's school transgender directive
Texas and 10 other states are suing the Obama administration over its directive to U.S. public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity
1:58AM ( 4 hours ago )
Teenage suspect in Flowery Branch armed robbery now in police custody
​Flowery Branch police say a 19-year-old suspect connected to an armed robbery that took place last week has turned himself in.
By AccessWDUN Staff
8:03PM ( 10 hours ago )
NTSB releases likely cause of fatal Gainesville plane crash in 2014
It was likely a loss of engine power caused by an undetected valve blockage that brought down a small plane, killing two people on board on Oct. 16, 2014.
4:19PM ( 14 hours ago )
UPDATE: Hunter finds human skull near Auburn; search for bones underway
​Sheriff's officials in Gwinnett County said they're searching an area near the town of Auburn for bones after a hunter found a skull.
1:00PM ( 17 hours ago )
Suwanee refinances bonds, saves $3 million
The Suwanee city council approved the refinancing of the city's open space bonds at their meeting Tuesday evening, a measure that will save the city $3 million.
12:22PM ( 18 hours ago )