Recycling and composting operation’s failure to abide by permit terms results in revocation.

Topic: Environmental Law, Decided by Judge Walker 
Docket Number: 1442274 , Decision Date: 2015-01-21 
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The Georgia Department of Natural Resources issued an administrative order revoking a Solid Waste Handling Permit and a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Permit (“NPDES Permit”) issued to Wilbros, LLC, a commercial recycling and composting operation, for alleged violations of Georgia law, solid waste management and water quality control regulations, and the terms of a Consent Order.  The Court upheld the revocation of Wilbros’s permits, finding that Wilbros had unloaded waste outside of its receiving building in contravention of its Design and Operational Plan, unloaded waste directly into an anaerobic basin without pretreatment in violation of the NPDES Permit’s Design Development Report, and failed to report effluent violations as required by the terms of the NPDES Permit.