May 3, 2021: Ogeechee Riverkeeper (ORK) received confirmation from Effingham County Commissioner Jamie DeLoach that Atlantic Waste (AW) has pulled its application to locate a regional landfill on a tract of land adjacent to the Ogeechee River.
This means that there are currently no landfill applications under consideration by county officials. AW could choose to submit another application to ask the commission to rezone the property for industrial use.
However, through their historical actions and communications the commission has shown an unwillingness to “spot zone” industry in rural areas of the county.
Ogeechee Riverkeeper will keep a close eye on the issue going forward. Residents are encouraged to do so as well, and alert ORK to any concerns.
Additionally, Commissioner DeLoach confirmed that the discussion of conditional use for landfills in AR-1 zoning will NOT be on the agenda for the May 18 meeting. Other AR-1 conditional use(s) will be discussed.
Concerned residents are encouraged to attend public meetings, regardless of official agendas, and let their elected representatives know that clean water and protecting the Ogeechee River is important.
Please consider donating to ORK’s work protecting the water resources of the Ogeechee River Basin. ORK is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and relies on the generous support of people like you.
This is a great development for the health and safety of the river and the aquifer so many use for drinking water.
We are withdrawing the ordinance amendments from tonight’s agenda. We will hold public hearings on May 18, for these items. Then zoning request from the landfill application will be heard late June or July. This will also be with public hearings. If you would like to meet prior to May 18 with myself and staff to review our thoughts and your concerns for AR conditional, I will be please to have that arranged.
In The News
Proposed ordinances on landfills, surface mining pulled from agenda – Effingham Herald, April 20, 2021
Deloach, other commissioners voice opposition to landfill in AR-1 zone – Effingham Herald, April 20, 2021