Cobb has 12 permitted waste stations, including six located within a four-mile radius of each other in the south Cobb area, according to the residents’ attorney. Edwards and other community activists argue that the expansion will stymie efforts to revitalize the south Cobb area.
Garvis Sams, the company’s attorney, couldn’t comment on the case because the litigation is still pending. But documents filed with the county show the settlement offer is hinged on a reversal of opinion by the Georgia Department of Transportation. Originally, the agency recommended against the expansion, saying it would be too close to the Fulton County Airport to accept household waste. There was concern that the garbage would attract birds, which could interfere with flights.
Lawyers for the company said GDOT’s opinion was incorrectly based on the belief that Bankhead C&D was a landfill, when it’s actually a waste transfer station that sorts garbage to send to landfills.
In January, GDOT issued a letter saying the facility would meet proper guidelines if it agrees to modifications outlined in the county rezoning. Those include additional building enclosures and the use of odor and dust controls.
Rob Hosack, Cobb’s director of community development, said if commissioners choose not to accept the settlement, the case will go back to court and a trial date will be set.