Opinion

July 9, 2014

Cleanup comes none too soon

Government works slowly, often too slowly.

A year after it was alerted to the problem, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) says it will take action on an illegal tire dump in the northern part of Whitfield County on Lake Kathy Road.

County officials first became aware of the issue last July, when workers installing a new electrical substation complained about being eaten up by mosquitoes.

It turned out the operator of a tire removal business had been storing the tires — an estimated 7,000 or so — on a nearby property. They were filling with water when it rained and had become a huge breeding ground for mosquitoes. That’s obviously a health hazard.

County officials convinced the site’s operator to give up his license, but under state law it is the state’s responsibility to clean up the site, and the EPD had to wait for money to be appropriated in the 2015 budget. The 2015 fiscal year started July 1.

State officials say they plan to put the cleanup out for bids later this month and to award a contract sometime in August. After the contract is signed, they say they hope the work can be completed in 30 days but that will depend on the contractor.

While we’d rather this work had been done long ago, we are happy that it is finally on the horizon, and we are sure that those who live in that area are glad to hear it should be starting soon as well.

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