Report: Georgia a dumping hub for solid waste, coal ash

ATLANTA (AP) – Georgia has become a Southern dumping destination for solid wastes including coal ash, and more is on the way.

A report by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says Georgia now imports more solid waste than any of its neighbors other than Florida, which doesn’t keep comparable records.

A landfill in Banks County northeast of Atlanta and another in Charlton County in southeast Georgia that takes coal ash from Florida account for 86 percent of the out-of-state waste.

Records show each is planning to store 1 million tons of coal ash in the coming year.

Three other Georgia landfills have or are poised to take coal ash, and watchdogs believe more could.

Coal ash is a by-product of coal-fired electricity that contains heavy metals known to be toxic to plants, animals and people.

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