Special to SEGAZINE
A Glynn County judge will decide whether Pinova Inc.’s purchase of a portion of the Hercules Inc. chemical plant in 2007 came with the potential responsibility of cleaning up the former owner’s pollution.
Superior Court Judge Stephen Kelley heard arguments Tuesday from Pinova’s lawyer Charles A. Perry and from Senior Assistant Attorney General Timothy J. Ritzka.Pinova wants its name off Hercules’ hazardous waste handling permit because it comes with the possibility of helping pay for an expensive cleanup of existing pollution.
Perry argued that the Georgia Environmental Protection Division was wrong in making Pinova a “co-permitee” with Hercules on the facility’s Resource Recovery Conservation Act permit, which is required of all companies that produce hazardous materials.
Pinova, which bought about half of the 360-acre Hercules property in 2007, sought to have its name removed from the permit, but EPD Director Judson H. Turner has refused and an administrative law judge said Turner had that legal right.