A Superior Court judge heard arguments recently from those opposed to and in favor of a proposed trash incinerator near the Elbert/Madison County line off Hwy. 72.
At issue is the legally validity of a petition with more than 3,000 signatures from Elbert County citizens who seek a referendum on the incinerator.
Judge Jeffery Malcom is expected to rule on the matter sometime in the next month.
Elbert County’s probate judge ruled several months ago that the petition is not legally valid under Georgia law. But a citizens’ group opposing the incinerator has appealed that decision in Superior Court.
A number of Madison County residents have spoken out against the incinerator, noting that many in Madison County live closer to the planned facility than some others in Elbert County.
Proponents of the incinerator say it will bring jobs and tax revenues to Elbert County. Opponents say it will bring pollution, health troubles for residents and unwanted truck traffic.
Thanks for continuing to cover this issue. A possible incinerator in the next county is undoubtedly the most significant negative development we've seen in the last ten years. I hope our own commissioners and IDA are paying attention to this as it surely will impact the quality of life and desirability of Madison Co as a business location in the future if it happens. The citizens of Elbert Co should be commended for working so hard against it. Nothing I can think of is less in keeping with our nation's willingness to look hard at its carbon output and impact on the environment than the installation of a new incinerator belching pollutants right next door for the next 50 years. The citizens' voice should be respected in this matter, not thrown out over a technicality.