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Environmental Issues for Cobb/Fulton Properties

August 15, 2019

Concerns over high levels of a toxic gas exposure in the Smyrna/Vinings/N.W. Atlanta area have caused property owners and elected officials to take action.

A company, Sterigenics, has been flagged by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a 2018 study of releasing unsafe levels of ethylene oxide, a carcinogen, from their plants in Smyrna and Covington. Unfortunately, results from these tests were not immediately made public. Residents, property owners and elected officials are working to find the underlying cause of these disturbing results and come to a quick resolution.

Association Governmental Affairs Director Aaron Johnson and GAR Governmental Affairs Jeff Ledford are both working with the Cobb Association of REALTORS® and 
state & local elected officials to learn more about the situation. They are also working to clarify questions and concerns REALTORS® have about disclosure and remedies for clients.

On Monday, August 19th, officials hosted a townhall meeting with effected residents in Cobb and Fulton counties, as well as representatives from the EPA and other environmental agencies. The City of Atlanta has joined Smyrna and Cobb County in funding air tests near the facility. While the Sterigenics plant physically sits in Cobb County, it is within one mile of the Atlanta City limits.

To see if you have property in the affected areas, click here. Additionally, please contact Aaron Johnson at 404-732-0631 with any questions, concerns or comments.

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