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Macon-Bibb landfill fails inspection

For the second time in a row, the Macon-Bibb landfill failed its state inspection by the Department of Natural Resources says County Manager Dale Walker.

He says during the inspection on January 23rd, the landfill received a 65% grade, which is up from 55% during an inspection last spring. However, it needed to score 75% to pass.

The DNR sent a letter to the county saying, "given the number of recurring violations and maintenance issues, the Division has no other alternative than to seek additional enforcement action that will follow shortly after the receipt of this letter."

The letter also lists 13 reasons for the failing grade including a lack of erosion control, garbage washed in the waterway, and litter throughout the facility.

This comes after a messy history at the landfill over the past few years.

In April 2012, the city of Macon had to pay $35,000 in fines for 19 violations at the landfill including exposed waste and erosion. During a follow-up inspection in November of that year, the landfill passed with a 95% rating.

Walker says he has been in contact with the Public Works department for an explanation of the failed inspection and to discuss how to recover.


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