Major Atlanta Landfill Must Close Down, Judge Rules

Date: December 1, 2003

Source: News Room

The Live Oak Landfill in DeKalb County, Georgia, which collects more waste than any facility in Georgia and is the city of Atlanta's lone trash repository, must close by December 2004, a judge has ruled. The judge affirmed an order filed last year by then-Gov. Roy Barnes to shut down the private facility. State inspectors visited the landfill on several occasions in March 2002 and found sludge was not being immediately covered. Waste Management, which owns and operates the landfill, also was ordered to pay a $214,000 fine. Live Oak collects about 1.2 million tons of waste a year.
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