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Timber farming has been a backbone of coastal Georgia rural economy for generations. But a bad plan is brewing in Liberty County!
Just south of the City of Riceboro, the timber company Weyerhaeuser has proposed to construct a new log fumigation facility. The company wants to start using the pesticide methyl bromide, a highly toxic hazardous air pollutant that has been largely phased out of production. When inhaled, it causes severe harm to lungs and other important organs. It is also known to cause ozone depletion. The Clean Air Act restricts use of this harmful chemical but allows it to be used for quarantine and pre-shipment of timber in the USA.
Weyerhaeuser plans to emit up to 20,000 pounds of methyl bromide per year, making this proposed operation one of the largest emitters of methyl bromide in the nation.
Georgia’s timber operations—and its people—do not need methyl bromide.
In October 2023, the Environmental Protection Division opened an air permit application for public comments. This comment period closed on November 17, 2023. We are waiting to see what happens next.
In the mean time…