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Mableton Waste Station Expansion Denied

The Cobb County Board of Commissioners voted to deny a settlement, which would allow a South Cobb waste transfer station to take in household garbage. Nearly 70 residents turned out in opposition to the expansion.

The Cobb County Board of Commissioners voted 4-0 to deny a settlement to ongoing litigation with Bankhead C&D Transfer Station on Tuesday.

Nearly 70 residents turned out in opposition to the expansion of the waste transfer station, the Marietta Daily Journal reports.

The station currently accepts construction and demolition debris but wants to expand its operation to take in household garbage as well.

The expansion of Bankhead Transfer Station, located on Veterans Memorial Highway in Mableton, would permit them to bring about 150,000 tons of trash to the location, according to 11Alive.

Commissioners rejected the company’s rezoning proposal, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. Bankhead then filed suit in the Cobb Superior Court, according to the AJC and MDJ. A proposed settlement was reached with a commission representative and sent back to the board for approval on Tuesday.

Residents who oppose the expansion held signs that read “Vote NO! Bankhead Trash Transfer Station” during the Tuesday meeting, according to the AJC and MDJ.

Cobb Commissioner Lisa Cupid recommended the board reject the settlement on Tuesday, according to the MDJ. Cupid said the owner of the transfer station gave her conflicting statements about the amount of waste that would be processed as well as whether the facility would be enclosed, according to the MDJ.

According to the MDJ, AJC and 11Alive concerns brought up by Cupid and residents include: storm water runoff from the site adding pollution to the ground and putting the Chattahoochee River at risk; the site attracting birds, which could endanger pilots at the Charlie Brown Airport; an increase in mosquito-borne diseases; odors; a negative impact on property values; and loss of local businesses.

and said the company met all the conditions of the rezoning, the AJC reported.

Tuesday’s vote means litigation between the county and Bankhead will likely continue, according to the MDJ.

HeartDoc Andrew March 21, 2013 at 04:21 PM
with all due (Ro13:8) love (1Co13) as physician ( http://HeartMDPhD.com/HeartDoc ) eyewitness shares that what is being requested by the Bankhead Trash Station (BTS) is a Special Land Use Permit (SLUP) for Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) on **top** of it's heavy industrial zoning (i.e. this was not and still is not a rezoning request). The litigation should stop as soon as the Cobb Board of Commissioners (Cobb BOC) informs the Superior Court Judge about the **new** SAE School opening its doors this fall (2013) just 500 yards north of BTS **and** pursues a criminal investigation into community allegations that BTS has been illegally burying MSW in the area without a SLUP.

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