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Public hearing held in Brunswick to discuss coal ash disposal

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Neighbors speak out about a controversial plan to expand a South Georgia landfill.

Republic Services wants to bring more coal ash by rail into its Broadhurst Landfill in Wayne County. Ash that some studies have shown to be toxic.

A final public comment hearing on the matter was held Thursday in Brunswick. 

People packed the old city hall expressing their concerns about the effect the coal ash could have on their health and the damage it could do to the areas wetlands.

"Coastal Georgia is the area that will most be threatened by the inevitable coal ash leaks from Broadhust,” said Dink NeSmith, opposes coal ash expansion.

“Where are the tests that are going to prove to us unequivocally that this material is going to keep the CCR Coal dust from leaking into our Florida aquifer,” said Rep. Jeff Jones, GA District 167/ “Why should we provide rules for putting toxic waste in a place where it should never be in the first place.  We don't want a rule that says how you can do it.  We want a rule that says you don't do it."

Republic Services was not on hand to respond.

The public comment period ends August 10. With a final decision expected in October.

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