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Lee County leaders hear bio-solids pitch

February 13, 2007

Lee County--  A controversial bio-solids plan didn't get much support in Lee County.

Treatment at the South Albany water plant produces bio-solids residual waste. The city of Albany wants to give that by-product as fertilizer to South Georgia farmers. Albany's Public Works Director Phil Roberson made a presentation to Lee County commissioners and citizens Tuesday night.

Some residents and commissioners expressed concern about safety.

"My biggest concern is our biggest resource, water. Once we contaminate this water, there's no going backwards when it's contaminated so what is this going to benefit the county by allowing this to happen?," asked Commissioner Dennis Roland.

Phil Roberson says the amount that gets put down isn't enough to pollute the ground. Right now, Albany trucks 3,000 tons of the fertilizer to farms in Alabama.

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