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Georgia Hazardous Site Response Act (Georgia)

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Agricultural
Commercial
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Investor-Owned Utility
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Low-Income Residential
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Program Info
State 
Georgia
Program Type 
Environmental Regulations
Public Benefits Fund
Provider 
Georgia Department of Natural Resources

The Georgia Hazardous Site Response Act is Georgia’s version of Superfund. The Act provides for graduated fees on the disposal of hazardous waste, a trust fund to enable the EPD to clean up or plan sites and administer the program, a strict joint and several liability scheme similar to that of the federal CERCLA (Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability ACT), an EPD inventory of “known or suspected” Georgia hazardous sites, a system requiring deed notices and affidavit recording on county real property records for sites having substance releases in excess of “reportable quantities” (as defined by regulation), EPD authority to issue non-appealable correction action orders with mandatory punitive damages for non-compliance and new reporting requirements for contaminated property. Common issues are: contaminated sediments, contaminated groundwater, and contaminated soil. The state collects about $1.6 million a year in hazardous waste management fees, $ 6 million a year in solid waste management fees, $7.5 million a year in hazardous substance reporting fees.