Cochran Man Upset About Mounds of Manure Across From His Home

Cochran Man Upset About Mounds of Manure Across From His Home


COCHRAN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A Cochran man has a stinky situation a few feet from his front door step and he wants something done about it.

Tons of chicken manure sits across the street from Kurt Miller's home in Cochran. It's been there for more than a month.

"I called the Federal EPA, the State EPA, everybody I knew to call, I'm good guy to get along with, I don't want anything, I just want it moved," Russell said.

But he can't seem to find anyone who will. The Bleckley County Sheriff's Office said the landowner isn't breaking any laws since it's on agricultural land.

The farmer across the street was contacted and asked to cover it. He did, partially, with a blue tarp.

41NBC spoke with an official from the Environmental Health Department of the South Central Health District in Georgia.

"Agricultural uses are pretty well exempt from law as far as using that, now there are some restrictions through Georgia EPD as far as whether or not state waters are contaminated," they said.

He says if manure isn't around state water, then farmers are protected.

He says officials from the Environmental Protection Division would likely handle the case, not the Public Health Department.

Miller says since the manure has been there, things around his house have changed.

"I don't come out much," Miller said. "Last Memorial Day I had family down and of course you can't grill out with this."

Miller says his next move is to go to city council and hopes they can get something done.

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