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Planning Commission approves this landfill to dispose of mud
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James Irvin of Foothills Land Design, the civil engineer for the project, presents Monday on a proposed inert landfill on Calvary Church Road. - photo by Megan Reed

A hydro-excavating business could be moving to Calvary Church Road and operating a landfill for dirt and water disposal, if officials approve rezoning of the land.

The Hall County Planning Commission approved the rezoning Monday of 1563 Calvary Church Road from light industrial to heavy industrial. The Hall County Board of Commissioners will have the final vote on Oct. 24.

The almost 13-acre property will be leased to Badger Daylighting, a hydro-extrusion company with locations in the United States and Canada. Hydro-extrusion uses pressurized water to remove soil, and a vacuum is then used to transport the debris to a tank. The process is often used to locate underground utilities. 

The landfill on the property would qualify as an inert landfill, which can only accept “earth and earth-like products, concrete, cured asphalt, rock, bricks, yard trimmings, and land clearing debris,” according to the county staff report. Household garbage, liquid waste and hazardous waste would not be allowed. A landfill of any kind must be zoned heavy industrial.

Planning staff had recommended approval under several conditions, including that only soil and water could be disposed of on the property, that the Georgia Environmental Protection Division approve the design for the pond-style landfill, and that the property be inspected monthly by the county. 

The planning commission unanimously approved the proposal, and there was no public opposition.

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