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Ellaville company
disputes EPD order

From the Feb. 21, 2018 issue of The Journal
By Richard Harris
   An Ellaville couple is disputing an enforcement order recently issued against its business by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. Furthermore, they are upset that incorrect information may have harmed their business' reputation.
   As reported in the January 24, 2018 issue of The Journal, the EPD issued an enforcement order against Simply Southern Tree Care for "open dumping and open burning of vegetative debris." In the story, Bert Langley, Director of Compliance with the EPD, was quoted, saying, "A company can't take debris to their own property to burn and dispose of. Once they haul it off-site it becomes a solid waste."
   However, Timothy and Tracy Peaster of Simply Southern say they did not transport any materials to their property to burn or dispose of.
   "We didn't bring debris here from anywhere else," said Mrs. Peaster. "We have only burnt brush that was cleared from our property. Nothing was brought to our home from any work sites to be burnt. "
   Furthermore, they were granted burn permits by the Georgia Forestry Commission (copies of which they shared with The Journal).
   Mrs. Peaster said they are currently communicating with the EPD about the information the agency released to the public in an effort to make sure it is corrected in the state's records.