2006-10-18 / Other News

Blakely among cities to receive Hazardous Waste Trust Funds

Gov. Sonny Perdue announced 71 cities and counties across Georgia will receive funding to help pay for environmental cleanup of aging, leaking municipal landfills. The City of Blakely is on the list to receive $13,060.55.

More than $7 million will be distributed to the cities and counties from the Hazardous Waste Trust Fund, administered by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.

"This funding will protect citizens and clean up environmental hazards in Georgia communities," said Governor Sonny Perdue. "The Hazardous Waste Trust Fund is a priority that I was proud to fully fund in the last budget cycle."

This year 71 cities and counties will receive a total of $7,081,795 from the trust fund. Governor Perdue included $8.3 million in the Fiscal Year 2006 supplemental budget and $7.6 million in the Fiscal Year 2007 budget for the Hazardous Waste Trust Fund. The balance of the trust fund will be used for cleanup at abandoned hazardous waste sites and for reductions in hazardous waste generation.

The fund is financed by fees collected from industries and local governments that produce, handle and dispose of solid and hazardous waste. The fund is also financed by fines collected from violators of Georgia's environmental laws. The funding is held in the state treasury and appropriated to the trust fund by the Governor and the Georgia General Assembly during the annual budget process.

"We are pleased with Governor Perdue's commitment to the Hazardous Waste Trust Fund," said EPD Director Carol A. Couch. "This insures that communities will get the money needed to address environmental hazards."

Prior to 1993, local government landfills were not required to have engineered liners to keep them from leaking into soil and groundwater. Many landfills are now leaking and the contamination must be cleaned.

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