Georgia Natural Resources Board discusses hazardous waste, rule amendments

ATLANTA – Simplified regulations for hazardous waste management and an upcoming grant to improve water usage were two issues discussed at Tuesday’s Board of Natural Resources meeting.


One issue revolved around who could offer reduced fees to facilities housing hazardous waste. This decision had previously been made by the head of the Pollution Prevention Assistance Division, a group which dissolved due to a loss in funding. Proposed amendments also did not specify criteria for lower fee eligibility.

Another amendment dropped the mandate for hazardous waste site notifications to run in a local paper. Site owners would only have to notify the county of these locations.

There will be a public hearing on the amendments July 22, and depending on the hearing results, they could be put to a board vote in August.

Criteria for $150,000 in grants were approved by a board committee. These grants will fund research for improving water usage efforts, most likely in two projects. Applications will be available in July.

The Wildlife Resources Committee proposed amendments to hunting and fishing regulations, but no changes were put to a vote in the meeting. A hunting rule modification would allow for late-season dove hunting. This would be the first alteration to dove hunting season since 2008.

Reworking the minimum length limit for large mouth bass and trout would allow for more fish to be caught in designated areas, said Chief of Fisheries Management John Biagi, but fish populations would remain at healthy levels. According to email surveys sent out by the division, Biagi said all of the alterations saw public support.