Man agrees to clean up five Houston County landfills

mstucka@macon.comMay 15, 2014 

The owner of five landfills in Warner Robins and Centerville has agreed to an $8,000 state fine and promised regulators he’d clean up the sites to meet state standards.

Jerry C. Carpenter, of Warner Robins, agreed to properly close some of the landfills. The state only knows of inert waste in the landfills, such as concrete and yard trimmings.

Most of the sites had already stopped taking waste, but they hadn’t been cleaned up or properly closed, according to a consent order. A landfill at Sandy Run Road and another one off Wellborn Road had been sold off but hadn’t been properly closed. Another, on Green Street, was full and needed to be closed.

The Wellborn Road site is at the end of Wynn Place, where neighbors recently rallied against a proposed apartment complex. Neighbors also questioned how debris from demolished buildings would be handled if the apartments were built.

Now the landfill will have to be properly closed by late June, according to the consent order. Carpenter actually sold that property nine years ago, Houston County records show.

But much of the consent order focuses on a landfill on Industrial Way in Centerville and another along Ga. 247 in Warner Robins.

At the Centerville site, EPD officials reported finding an illegal dump for concrete, asphalt and bricks, as well as damage to a stream buffer. At the Ga. 247 site, officials found a material recovery facility that hadn’t been permitted, about 300 scrap tires and piles of construction debris. At that location, according to the consent order, Carpenter had violated rules he’d been warned about in 1991 and 1994. He’d also been collecting industrial waste by gathering hay and marble from two companies.

In the consent order, Carpenter agreed to properly close all five landfills. The straw, marble and tires need to be removed from the Ga. 247 site, and the stockpiles of concrete and asphalt need to be reduced within 270 days.

Scott Henson, a program manager for the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, said the state agency is working with Carpenter on the Ga. 247 site because the concrete pile is so large.

Closed landfills must be properly covered and must be recorded on the property’s plat and deed so future owners know what’s on the site, said Todd Bethune, district manager for the Environmental Protection Division.

To contact writer Mike Stucka, call 744-4251.

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