Originally created 07/10/98

Waste transfer ending



WARRENTON, Ga. -- A five-month effort by environmental regulators to get rid of tons of garbage abandoned at a Warren County transfer station appears to be near an end.

"There's about 40 tractor-trailer loads still down there, and they tell me it'll all be gone in two weeks," said Warren County Commission Chairman Bobby Johnson.

D&H Rail Services had been running the transfer station, a 20,000-square-foot building where trash was collected and hauled to landfills outside the county.

The site was abandoned earlier this year after the person hired to operate the site was jailed on an unrelated charge. But the accumulated trash remained, and rats infested the locked building.

On April 13, Georgia's Environmental Protection Division ordered the operator to remove the garbage, but received no response, said Bob Bishop, EPD's northeast regional manager of field compliance and enforcement.

Mr. Johnson said he was informed Thursday that an Atlanta-based company had bought the site from the previous owner, Harold Vines of Leachville, Ark.

"The sheriff and a deputy went down there to take a look around," he said. "They saw some activity in there."

The new owner, Cathy Crymes of Tucker-based County Line Recycling, plans to reopen the transfer station, Mr. Bishop said.

"After she sends documentation that she owns it, she'll have one month to clean up," Mr. Bishop said Thursday.

Associated Press reports were used in this article.