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EPD cites Eagle Point Landfill after May closure
Eagle point landfill

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division has cited north Forsyth’s Eagle Point Landfill following a recent review.

After the landfill temporarily closed in May to address slope stability concerns, the EPD performed “a review of the design and operational history” of the facility and found it to be in violation of seven rules or permit conditions. 

The website for the landfill said in a July update that “Advanced Disposal [owner of the landfill] is currently working with the EPD to provide all pertinent information to address their requests and will provide all EPD-based regulatory compliance reports to Forsyth County.”

The violations include:

• the landfill not meeting slope stability requirements 

• “accepting waste that does not fall within the range of the design parameter… to ensure permanent slope stability” 

• managing amounts of leachate — liquid that drains from a landfill — that “far exceed” the maximum allowed amount

• not operating within the landfill’s design and operation plan

• waste not being covered 

• and not complying with the Clean Water Act.

The EPD also stated the facility would need to take corrective actions by restricting the amount of high-moisture content waste received, reducing leachate, placing “additional acreage under final cover” and “must demonstrate how runoff that contacted uncovered solid waste between May 17, 2018 was managed” to meet the rules.

An EPD memorandum states that cracking was observed in a cell — the areas of the landfill where waste is stored — on May 17, “the same day a significant seep” started leaking leachate from the slope.

The landfill previously had instability in 2014 caused by large amounts of liquid within the waste and that waste being weaker than dry waste.

The memorandum stated the 2014 incident should have “made clear the significant differences between design assumptions and operation practices” and the landfill should have limited high-moisture content waste. 

The landfill has been a source of tension for some neighbors over the last year. 

In March, Forsyth County Commissioners approved rezoning land for a methane plant at the landfill, which local residents had opposed. 

The zoning has discussed by the county since April 2017 and had been among several discussions surrounding the landfill, which have included a new ordinance to ban coal ash and a memorandum of understanding between the county and landfill.

Many of the concerns from neighbors surrounded a planned expansion of the landfill, a decision made at the state level, though the memorandum between the county and landfill states the landfill could not expand past the footprint of a 1993 agreement.