Weyerhaeuser Halts Log Fumigation Plant Amid Community Concerns




In a recent turn of events, Weyerhaeuser has decided to halt its plans for a new log fumigation facility. This decision came after facing significant pushback from local residents in the vicinity of the proposed site, located approximately five miles south of Riceboro, Georgia. These community members expressed serious concerns regarding the potential health risks associated with the facility.

The core of the contention was Weyerhaeuser’s intended use of methyl bromide at this log treatment plant. Methyl bromide, known for its effectiveness in exterminating wood pests, is also recognized for its high toxicity and detrimental effects on both human health and the ozone layer.

This matter caught the attention of several local news sources, including the Coastal Courrier, which detailed the unfolding events. The public’s unease was palpable during a recent gathering at Riceboro City Hall, where a large number of residents openly opposed the project. Following this meeting, Weyerhaeuser took a step back and retracted its application for a permit.

It’s notable that back in January, county commissioners had rezoned a parcel of land specifically for this log treatment facility. However, the company’s recent statement sheds light on its decision to withdraw from the project.

Weyerhaeuser emphasized its commitment to community health and safety, stating that while they believed the fumigation process could be conducted safely and in compliance with all relevant regulations (as evidenced by their operations in other locations), they chose to rescind their plans for the Liberty County export yard operation.

Having been an active participant in Georgia’s economic and industrial landscape, Weyerhaeuser expressed pride in its contributions to local employment and the forest industry at large. The company reassured that it would continue to explore other suitable locations for the export yard that align with the interests of local landowners and the community.

In the meantime, Weyerhaeuser remains focused on another project in Liberty County, the Jelk’s Pasture Planning Area. This initiative is aimed at establishing a significant economic development hub in the region, signaling the company’s ongoing investment in the area’s growth and prosperity.

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