Liberty County log fumigation plant canceled – Weyerhaeuser says community outcry led to decision

By Robin Kemp
The Current Georgia
December 18, 2023
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US East

GEORGIA — Riceboro Mayor Chris Stacy says a planned log fumigation plant outside the city limits has been canceled after outcry from local residents and elected officials. The plant would have used a chemical, methyl bromide, which is highly toxic to aquatic life, eats the ozone layer, and has been banned for other uses. Stacy said he spoke with a regional manager for Weyerhaeuser who told him the project would not go forward. Weyerhaeuser Senior Director Nancy Thompson said: “After listening to the concerns of leaders and citizens about the potential impact of our proposed log fumigation facility near Riceboro, we have decided to withdraw our plans for an export yard operation in Liberty County. .Although we believe fumigation would have been done safely and in full compliance with all state and federal laws, as we have demonstrated at multiple other locations.

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