A Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Documentation Report For The GIS Database: Combined Databases Of Landfills In Georgia; Historic And Current Through 1999

DOCUMENTATION REPORT 01-10

Table of Contents

Overview............................................................................................................. ii

Glossary............................................................................................................. iii

Part A. General Description of the GIS Database

1.0 Identification / Project Background................................................ A-1

2.0 Data Quality....................................................................................... A-1

3.0 Spatial Data Organization................................................................. A-4

4.0 Spatial Reference Information.......................................................... A-4

5.0 Entity and Attribute Information..................................................... A-4

6.0 Distribution Information................................................................... A-7

7.0 Metadata Reference.......................................................................... A-7

Appendix A. Signature Sheet

Part B. Technical Description of the GIS Database

1.0 Identification Information................................................................. B-1

2.0 Data Quality Information................................................................... B-2

2.1 Attribute Accuracy...................................................................... B-2

2.2 Logical Consistency Report....................................................... B-2

2.3 Completeness Report................................................................... B-2

2.4 Positional Accuracy..................................................................... B-3

2.5 Lineage........................................................................................... B-3

3.0 Spatial Data Organization Information............................................ B-7

4.0 Spatial Reference Information.......................................................... B-7

5.0 Entity and Attribute Information..................................................... B-7

6.0 Distribution Information.................................................................. B-13

7.0 Metadata Reference Information................................................... B-14

Part C. The Digital Files Containing the GIS Database..................... diskette

OVERVIEW

This documentation report follows the "Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata" (Standards) developed by the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC), published June 8, 1994. As a convenience, Part A and B employ the outline/headings contained in the standards. Part A and B are printed on paper and Part C is composed of the digital products. Part B meets the technical requirements of the Standards.

This document is a three-part documentation report for a Geographic Information System (GIS) database developed, with Arc/Info software, by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division, Geologic Survey Branch. Part A is intended as a general purpose summary of the database. Part B is a more technical section included primarily for the benefit of GIS users. Part C contains the digital products: the database and its associated documentation, which includes copies of this paper publication.

The digital documentation in Part C contains two copies of this publication. One digital copy is stored as an html file, DR0110.htm. The other copy is in Microsoft Word 2000 format, and is named DR0110.doc. The digital database in part C consists of an Arc/Info export file, DR0110.E00. To access the database in Arc/Info, copy the file DR0110.E00 into a workspace and then run the Arc/Info IMPORT command. Other GIS software packages may have the capability to import the Arc/Info export format. Refer to your software's user manual or help files for instructions.

The digital files are written to one 1.44 Mb High Density 3.5 inch data diskette. A directory of the files and a short description is contained in the ascii file README.TXT on the data diskette.

This database was developed to satisfy specific project purposes. Users are advised to read the entire Documentation Report and to evaluate the suitability and limitations of the database for their purpose.

GLOSSARY

Arc/Info: A proprietary GIS software, written and marketed by Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI). Comprised of Arc, the spatial component, and Info, the relational database. Software used by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

attribute: a characteristic of a geographic feature. For example, if the geographic feature is a water well represented as a point, then the attributes of the water well are the permit number, the depth, the pump rate, etc.

attribute accuracy: a measure of how well the reported characteristics actually match the real-world characteristics of a geographic feature.

Compact Disk Read Only Memory (CDROM): an optical medium which can store 650 Mb of digital information.

completeness: a description of the relation between the items represented in the database and the real world, including information about omissions, selection criteria, generalization, definitions used, and other rules used to derive the data set. For example, a database containing "water wells" may only contain those which meet the criteria of "public water supply" wells, or "inactive" wells may be excluded.

Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata: a standard developed by the FGDC which specifies the information content of metadata for a set of digital geospatial data.

database: a logical collection of interrelated information, managed and stored as a unit on a computer or other storage media. A GIS database includes data about the spatial location and shape of geographic features recorded as points, lines, areas, as well as their attributes.

decimal degrees: a unit of measure for geographic coordinates. The conversion formula for decimal degrees is: Decimal Degrees = Degrees + Minutes/60 +Seconds/3600.

Department of Natural Resources (DNR): an agency of the government of the State of Georgia.

digital: refers to the process of conversion of information into machine readable form so that a computer can read, write, store, and process the information.

digital maps: a map is an abstract representation of the physical features of a portion of the Earth's surface graphically displayed on a piece of paper. The map becomes digital when the  paper is converted into a form which the computer can read.

diskette: a storage medium, usually measuring 3.5 inches in diameter, which is used to store or transfer digital information from one computer to another.

Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC): an inter-governmental committee established through the Office of Management and Budget and charged with the responsibility to coordinate various surveying, mapping, and spatial data activities to meet the needs of the Nation.

Geographic Information System (GIS): an organized collection of computer hardware, software, geographic data, and personnel designed to efficiently capture, store, update, manipulate, analyze, and display all forms of geographically referenced information.

label points: a single x,y coordinate which identifies an area, and holds a place in the database wherein the area's attribute information is stored.

latitude, longitude: a geographic reference system to locate positions on the Earth. Latitude and longitude are angles measured from the Earth's center to the position on the Earth's surface. Latitude measures angles in a north-south direction, while longitude measures angles in the east-west direction.

lineage: information about the events, parameters, and source data which constructed a geographic database, and information about the responsible parties.

logical consistency: an explanation of the fidelity of the relationships in the database. For example, for a geographic area, do the vector lines which create area boundaries join to encircle the area with no gaps? Or for example, for a particular attribute, are all the value given within a valid range?

metadata: information about the content, quality, condition, and other characteristics of a database.

National Map Accuracy Standards: a set of standards developed by the USGS which states the level of accuracy required for a map product of a particular scale.

positional accuracy: an assessment of how well the reported position of a geographic feature represents the real-world position.

United States Geological Survey (USGS): a branch of the United States Department of Interior.

vector lines: lines which are described by x,y coordinates and are commonly used to represent linear geographic features. Each linear feature is represented as an ordered list of vertices.

Part A. General Description of the GIS Database: Combined Databases of Landfills in Georgia; Historic and Current through 1999

1.0 Identification / Project Background

This GIS database contains locations for and information about 1069 landfills in Georgia. Some of the landfills in this database are permitted, regulated landfills, others are older landfills which elected to close when it became a regulatory requirement of the state of Georgia to obtain a solid waste disposal permit. This GIS database was created by combining two existing GIS databases (DR00-02 and DR00-20) previously created by the Geologic Survey Branch (GSB), as described in the following paragraphs.

The state of Georgia first passed the Solid Waste Management Act in 1972, the same year that the state's Environmental Protection Division (EPD) was formed as part of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR). EPD began regulating landfills through DNR's Rules for Solid Waste Management (Chapter 391-3-4). Prior to the Act, landfills were handled by the local county health departments. After passage of the Act, EPD took to the task of either permitting or closing some 600 open burning dumps in Georgia during the period from 1974-1990. EPD categorized landfills as: Dry Trash Landfills (non-putrescible waste), Sanitary Landfills (putrescible waste), or Industrial Waste Landfills. "Putrescible Wastes" means wastes that are capable of being quickly decomposed by microorganisms. Examples of putrescible wastes include but are not necessarily limited to kitchen wastes, animal manure, offal, hatchery and poultry processing plant wastes, dead animals, garbage and wastes which are contaminated by such wastes. From 1974, when the first landfill was permitted, until 1989, landfills were regulated under the initial Act. During that time EPD associates inspected and compiled a set of maps of landfill locations throughout the state. This set of maps depicted both older, closed landfills which were given no permit number, and permitted landfills operating during that time period. This set of maps was converted into a GIS database (DR00-02) by the GSB in 2000.

In 1989 the Rules for Solid Waste Management were revised, and in 1990 the state Legislature passed the Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Act (OCGA 12-8-20). In order to match the impending Federal Subtitle D regulations, the new Act redefined landfill types based upon "source of waste" as per Subtitle D. The new categories were Municipal (household), Construction/Demolition (commercial), and Industrial (industrial). Existing landfills were required to meet the new landfill siting requirements and restrict waste receipt by "source of waste". Sanitary Landfills that had permitted capacity over a previously filled area could continue to operate and accept municipal solid waste, but only until the original permitted capacity was reached. Sanitary Landfills that did not have permitted capacity over a filled area had to install a liner and leachate collection system before they could continue to operate as a Municipal Solid Waste Landfill. Sanitary Landfills that did not install liners and leachate collection systems were allowed to operate as a Construction/Demolition waste landfill. All landfills, except inert landfills, are now required to install environmental monitoring systems for groundwater and methane.

In the early 90's, as EPD became more computerized, a database of regulated landfills was created and maintained by the EPD's Land Protection Branch (LPB). Starting in 1996 and continuing through 1999, the Geologic Survey Branch used Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment to collect the latitude and longitude locations of these landfills for the River Basin Management Plans. This data was converted into a GIS database (DR00-20) by the GSB in 2000.

This database contains 1069 landfills. Of those landfills, the LPB still tracks and regulates 466 in their computer database. These GIS records will contain the following information about the landfill: address, ownership, operating status and facility type, as derived from the LPB database. The remaining 606 landfills closed prior to promulgation of the revised DNR Rules for Solid Waste Management which took effect in October 1993. Those GIS records will not contain the address and other information, as these records are not maintained in the LPB database.

Some of the landfills in this GIS database are now listed on the state's Hazardous Site Inventory. In those cases, the GIS record will include an identification number (HSI ID) as assigned by EPD's Hazardous Waste Management Branch (HWMB).

2.0 Data Quality

Section 2 contains information about the attribute accuracy, logical consistency, completeness, positional accuracy, and lineage of the database.

2.1 Attribute Accuracy

Attributes are items of information stored in the database. The attributes in this database came from several different sources, and reflect the accuracy of the source material. This GIS database was created by combining 517 landfill records from the GSB GIS database DR00-20 with 552 landfill records from the GSB GIS database DR00-02. The 517 landfill records from DR00-20 contained attributes for the permit number, facility name, and site location occupied by the GPS receiver. The 552 landfill records from DR00-02 contained attributes for the permit number, if applicable, and facility name. For both of these databases, several errors in the permit numbers were discovered and corrected. Two additional fields have been added to the database to reflect the source for each record. The latitude-longitude collection methodology is listed in one field while  the source documentation report number (DR00-02 or DR00-20) is listed in the other.

Additional attributes were added from a non-spatial LPB database. LPB maintains their database in the software Q&A as a file named MFAC.DTF. LPB inputs information from their paper permit files into the MFAC.DTF database. The attributes from the LPB database which have been added to this GIS database are: the facility address; city; zip code; date of permit issue; date ceased accepting waste; private ownership; phone number; requirement for ground water monitoring; operating status; and facility type. These attributes were joined to the GIS database using the permit number as the link item. Some of the LPB information may change over time in the LPB database. However, those changes will not appear in this edition of the GIS database. Consider the currentness of the source when evaluating this database for use. The attribute accuracy of these items reflects the accuracy of the MFAC.DTF database maintained by the LPB.

The HSI ID and the Delisted HSI ID, if applicable, were added from HWMB records. The HWMB records do not contain the LPB permit numbers for HSI sites. The HSI Ids were matched based on similar facility names and similar locations. This technique for matching is imperfect. In some cases, there may be landfills which are on the HSI but are not identified in this database by HSI Id. In other cases, there may be landfills in this database which are not on the HSI but are identified by an HSI Id.

2.2 Logical Consistency

This GIS database was created by combining two existing GIS databases (DR00-02 and DR00-20) previously created by the Geologic Survey Branch (GSB). DR00-02 contains 869 landfill records. DR00-20 contains 522 landfill records. These permit numbers in DR00-02 were checked to see if the same permit number existed in DR00-20. Since the latitude and longitude coordinates in DR00-20 were collected using GPS, those locations were assumed to be more accurate. 517 of the 522 records in DR00-20 were used in this database. For the other four records, the LPB reviewers found that the GPS collected locations were not as accurate as the interpolated locations. This occurred in cases where the landfill had been closed long enough that there was no visible evidence of the landfill for the GPS data collectors to find. 552 of the 869 landfills from DR00-02 were used in this database. 317 of the 869 landfill permit numbers were found to be duplicates of those found in DR00-20.

2.3 Completeness

This database was compiled from several different sources. No one source lists every landfill in Georgia. This database contains locations for 1069 landfills. 452 of the 1069 landfills have no permit number listed. Generally, these are older landfills which ceased operation shortly after the passage of the Solid Waste Management Act of 1972. In this GIS database, these records will show only limited information: facility name, county, and source of data.

An additional 168 of the 1069 landfills have a permit number, but records for these are not maintained in the LPB database.  Generally, these are landfills which were in operation when EPD first started assigning permit numbers in 1972, but which closed prior to the installation of the LPB's computerized data management system. In this GIS database, the records for these facilities will list only limited information: permit number, facility name, county, and source of data.

The Land Protection Branch maintains a set of non-GIS computer databases (MFAC.DTF and IFAC.DTF). Records of 466 landfills are mostly maintained in the MFAC.DTF. This GIS database contains records for 434 of those landfills. The GIS database does not contain records for the other 32 landfills. Generally these are landfills which were permitted, or for which a permit was applied for, after December 31, 1999.

This database contains those industrial landfills which accept industrial or C&D waste from other offsite industries. This database does not contain those industrial landfills which are owned by and only dispose of waste generated on-site by a single industrial facility.

This database does not contain any inert solid waste landfills. These are landfills that only accept earth-like materials; for example concrete, rock, yard trimmings, tree stumps. Inert landfills must notify EPD of their operation. Upon notification, EPD issues a Permit-By-Rule identification number rather than a landfill permit number. Inert landfills are not required to conduct environmental monitoring or to meet the more restrictive landfill siting and design requirements that other landfill types must meet.

The Land Protection Branch permits other solid waste facilities, including baler facilities, composting facilities, incinerators, materials recovery facilities, recovered materials facilities, shredding facilities, and transfer stations. These types of facilities were not collected as part of the GPS effort for the GIS database DR 00-20. However, a few of these facilities were marked on the Landfill Location and Inspection Log and were included in the database DR00-02. Those facilities appear in this GIS database but they are not a complete set of facilities of these types.

2.4 Positional Accuracy

The positional accuracy varies depending on the source of the locational data.

For the 517 landfills from DR00-20, the latitude-longitude coordinates were collected in the field by GSB personnel utilizing a Trimble GPS receiver while occupying either the facility's weigh station, entrance, or an alternate location. The uncorrected positional data were corrected for various errors inherent in GPS data by processing with differential correction software. The corrected coordinates were entered into the GIS database. The manufacturer's specifications for the Trimble GPS receiver state a horizontal positional accuracy of +/- 5 meters for differentially corrected data.

For the 552 landfills from DR00-02, the latitude and longitude coordinates were interpolated from the annotated paper maps in the Landfill Location and Inspection Log. The Landfill Location and Inspection Log is marked onto a set of 159 of the DOT county series maps. The original DOT maps were mostly published at a scale of 1 inch to 1 mile, on large sheets of paper, 2 or 3 feet wide. These originals were reduced on a copier by LPB to a more manageable tabloid size (11 inches by 17 inches). A representative sample (10%) of this database was visually compared to the GPS collected landfill locations in DR00-20. The distances between the locations ranged from zero to 1.3 miles.

2.5 Lineage

The two databases, DR00-20 and DR00-02 were combined and then compared by Permit Number to find duplicates between the two databases. Generally, duplicate records were removed from the records from DR00-02 as the GPS collected latitude-longitudes from DR00-20 are assumed to be more correct. In cases where the two supposedly duplicate points did not geographically coincide, a small map was produced and sent to the LPB for review. LPB would then identify the correct location. In most cases the GPS location was correct. In some cases the GPS location was incorrect, due to the problem of finding a closed unmarked landfill. Some landfills in DR00-02 were listed with more than one permit number. In most of those cases, one or more of the permit numbers were duplicates of records found in DR00-20. Those extra permit numbers were dropped from the DR00-02 records. In a few cases, the point was copied so that each point could represent a unique permit number. In some cases, two permit numbers had exactly the same latitude and longitude. This typically happened when the facility location was collected at the common weigh station for a landfill which had several permitted cells. In those cases, one latitude-longitude coordinate was changed by less than 5 meters to create geographically separate points.

The LPB extracted from their landfill database a spreadsheet containing facility information such as the address and the operating status. GSB then converted the spreadsheet into a GIS table and linked the table to the GIS coverage. Some records did not link due to typos in the permit numbers in the GIS database. These permit numbers were checked by LPB and then corrected by GSB. The LPB facility data was then linked to the corrected permit numbers

The GIS data was then sent over to the Hazardous Waste Management Branch to identify those facilities listed on the HSI.

Summary of the lineage of DR00-02:

Records for landfills not maintained in the Land Protection database base (MFAC.DTF) are kept in a notebook, referred to as Morgan's Bible, or the Landfill Location and Inspection Log. This notebook contains Department of Transportation (DOT) maps for each county in the state of Georgia.  Recorded on each county map is information regarding landfills that operated during the early 1970's through the early 1990's.  This information includes the landfill name, permit number (if issued), landfill inspection dates and landfill evaluation scores.  The location of the landfill has also been manually plotted on the appropriate county map.

The LPB delivered a paper copy of the Landfill Location and Inspection Log to the GSB. GSB downloaded digital georeferenced images of the DOT county series maps from the Georgia GIS Clearinghouse. On the computer, using the DOT county map image as a background and referring to the Landfill Location and Inspection Log paper maps, GSB added landfill points, and permit numbers if applicable, to two newly created Arcview shapefiles.

The Arcview shapefiles were converted to ArcInfo coverages, projected into a common projection, and then combined into a single ArcInfo coverage. The landfill names and county names were typed into a separate spreadsheet and then merged into the GIS database.

Summary of the lineage of DR00-20:

The LPB delivered a paper list of permitted landfills from their database (MFAC.DTF). For each facility a GSB associate filled out a field data sheet, writing in the name of the facility, permit number, address, county, and river basin. A GSB associate then visited each facility and collected the latitude and longitude using Trimble GPS receiver. The data was differentially corrected in post-processing to improve the accuracy. The differentially corrected latitude and longitude were then written on the field collection sheet. Data from the field data sheets were typed into an Excel spreadsheet. The spreadsheet data was converted to an ArcInfo coverage.

3.0 Spatial Data Organization

This database is a set of 1069 points. Each point represents the location of one landfill facility in Georgia.

4.0 Spatial Reference Information

The points in this database are stored in geographic coordinates of decimal degrees of latitude and longitude. Technical information on the specific parameters can be found in Part B, Section 4.0.

5.0 Entity and Attribute Information

Entities are the geographic features in the database. The entities in this database are point locations representing the locations of the landfills.  Attributes are items of information contained in the database. The attributes in this database are listed and described below:

Permitno - The permit number for the landfill, as assigned by LPB. Each permit number is unique, with a 3 digit prefix followed by a hyphen, then 3 digits and some letters. The first 3 digits of the permit number represent the county in which the landfill is located. The prefix numbers are assigned in alphabetical order, with Appling county being 001 and Worth county being 159. In a few cases, where the permit has been applied for but not yet granted, the prefix is "APL" instead of the county number. The alphabet characters at the end of the permit number represent different types of landfills. "MSWL" designates a Municipal Solid Waste Landfill. "SL" is a Sanitary Waste Landfill. "C&D" is a Construction and Demolition Landfill. "L" is a Dry Trash Landfill. "LI" is an Industrial Waste Landfill. These designations represent the original facility type for which the landfill was permitted. In some cases, the landfill has since converted to a different type of operation, for example, from an "SL" facility to a "C&D" facility. In those cases the permit number does not change. The user should look at the Fac_Type attribute to determine the current facility type for a particular solid waste facility or operation. Other types of solid waste handling operations are as follows: "BA" is a baler facility. "CO" is a composting facility. "INC" is an incinerator facility. "MRF" is a materials recovery facility. "RM" is a recovered materials facility. "SH" is a shredding facility. "TS" is a transfer station facility. These types of facilities are processing facilities, not landfills. They were not collected as part of the GPS effort. However, some of these facilities were marked on the Landfill Location and Inspection Log. Those facilities were included in this database.

Name - The name of the landfill facility

Site_Occ - The physical location at the landfill facility where the GPS reading, if applicable, was taken. Typically the GPS reading would have been taken at the weigh station or at the entrance to the landfill.

Cntyname - The name of the county in which the landfill is located.

Llsource -  The source of the latitude and longitude reading for each landfill. Five hundred eighteen of the landfills in this database came from GIS DR00-20: Solid Waste Landfills Within the State of Georgia, Permitted Through December 1999. Five hundred fifty four of the landfills in this database came from the GIS Documentation Report 00-02: Landfill Location and Inspection Log - 1973 to 1992.

Llmeth - The method by which the latitude and longitude were calculated. The landfills from DR00-20 were collected using GPS receivers and are coded "G". The landfill locations from DR00-02 were interpolated from the annotated Landfill Inspection Log maps and are coded "I". 

LPB - Whether there were records in the LPB MFAC.DTF database to add attribute information to this GIS database.

                         Y = Yes

                         N= No

Fac_Addr - The address of the landfill facility, as listed in the LPB database

City - The city in which the landfill is located, as listed in the LPB database

Zip_Code - The postal zip code of the landfill facility, as listed in the LPB database

Permit_Iss - The date the permit was issued, as listed in the LPB database

Date_Ceas - The date the landfill ceased accepting waste, as listed in the LPB database

Private_Si - Whether the facility is a privately owned site, as listed in the LPB database.

True = the landfill is privately owned by a business or a corporation.

False = the landfill is publicly owned by a municipality, authority, or some government entity.

NoCode = the landfill is publicly owned. This is the same as "False" but the data entry personnel in LPB left the field in the LPB database blank.

NotApp = not applicable, there is no record for this landfill in the LPB database

Phone_Area - Area code of the phone number as listed in the LPB database

Phone_Numb - Phone number as listed in the LPB database

GW - Whether ground-water monitoring is required.

Y= Yes, ground-water monitoring is required and system installation has been approved.

D = Ground-water monitoring is deferred. The facility requested to be deferred from ground water monitoring and was granted a deferral by EPD.  Per the regulations, the facility may have been required to monitor but due to deferrals is no longer required to monitor at this time.  Deferrals were granted if landfill could make an argument that the type of waste received would not cause a problem to groundwater

N = Ground-water monitoring is not required. The landfill closed prior to the beginning of monitoring requirements.

NC = No ground-water monitoring code. There is a record for this landfill listed in the LPB database, but there is no code value listed for this particular field. For those facilities that have either an OP_STAT "C" (permit-issued/under construction) or "PA" (permit applied for),  ground-water monitoring is required but the environmental monitoring system has not been installed yet.  Normally the GW field in the database for NEW facilities is updated to a "Y" when the GW monitoring system installation has been approved by EPD. The other facilities with no code are required to monitor but have not complied.

NA = Not applicable, there is no record for this landfill in the LPB database

Op_Stat - Operating status of the landfill

1 = Active. The facility/operation has met all the construction requirements and is in operation.

2 = Closed. The disposal facility has closed and met all the closure requirements.

3 = Archived/Never permitted. All information regarding this proposed facility/operation has been sent to the State Archives Building.  No records are available at the Land Protection Branch. Although this is a valid code for the Op_Stat field, there are no records in this GIS database coded with this category.

A = Expansion of permitted facility under court appeal.

C = Permit Issued. Applicant has met all the requirements to obtain a permit.  Construction of the facility may begin.

I = Ceased Accepting Waste. This disposal facility has ceased accepting waste prior to the establishment of more stringent regulatory closure requirements. The facility is considered to be inactive rather than closed.

I-D = Ceased Accepting Waste. The disposal facility has ceased accepting waste and is in the process of completing regulatory closure requirements.

NC = No operating status code. There is a record for this landfill listed in the LPB database, but there is no code value listed for this particular field.

NA = Not applicable, there is no record for this landfill in the LPB database

PA = Permit Application. An application for a solid waste disposal (or processing, or handling, etc.) permit has been received by EPD.

PI = Permit Inactive. An application for a solid waste disposal (processing, etc), that has been received is no longer being pursued. Often times the prospective permittee realizes he can not meet all the requirements to obtain a permit, or decides that it is not economical to pursue, or is no longer interested for whatever reason.

Fac_Type - Type of landfill facility as defined by the LPB. The code designations are:

C&D = Construction and Demolition Waste Landfill. Accepts waste building materials and rubble resulting from construction, remodeling, repair and demolition operations of pavements, houses, commercial buildings, and or other structures. Such wastes include but are not necessarily limited to wood, bricks, metal, concrete, wall board, paper or cardboard.

L = Dry Trash (non-putrescible waste) Landfill (older designation)

LI = Industrial Waste Landfill. Accepts solid waste generated by manufacturing or industrial processes that is not hazardous waste. Can also accept commercial waste.

MSWL = Municipal Solid Waste (putrescible waste) Landfill. Accepts solid wastes from homes, industries, commercial buildings, or institutional facilities. These are landfills which have installed liners and leachate collection systems on permitted acreage, as required under the federal subtitle D regulations.

SL = Sanitary Waste (putrescible waste) Landfill (older designation). ).

NA = Not applicable, there is no record for this landfill in the LPB database.

Hsi_Id - Identification number assigned by HWMB when a facility is listed on the state's Hazardous Sites Inventory, if applicable. This field will have a value of "NA" for landfills which have no HSI_ID. EPD places a site on the HSI where there has been a known or suspected release of a regulated substance above a reportable quantity and which have yet to show they meet state clean-up standards found in the Rules for Hazardous Site Response (391-3-19). The HSI_ID is a unique 5 digit number for each site. However, in some cases the same HSI_ID may be listed for several different LPB permit numbers. This is due to the difficulty in reconciling the HSI records with the landfill records. In some cases, the best guess of positional proximity and matching facility names was used to relate HSI_IDs to the LPB permit number.

Dhsi_Id - Delisted HSI Id, if applicable. This field will have a value of "NA" if not applicable. Where there is an HSI_ID value this means that the site had been listed on the HSI but was removed. Sites were removed from the HSI due to EPD's determination that the release did not exceed a reportable quantity at the time of listing or the release meets the clean-up standards found in Section 391-3-19-.07 of the Rules for Hazardous Site Response. HSI ID numbers are not reassigned, so this number still applies to this site.

6.0 Distribution Information

This GIS database and documentation report are maintained by the Geologic Survey Branch in their Technical Files, referenced as Documentation Report 01-10: Combined Databases of Landfills in Georgia; Historic and Current through 1999. Contact the Information Geologist at 404-656-3214 for access to the Technical Files.

7.0 Metadata Reference

The metadata incorporated within this publication, Documentation Report 01-10. Part B, which is the technical section of this publication, meets the "Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata" as published by the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) in 1994, and revised in 1998.

APPENDIX A. SIGNATURE SHEET

Signatures for GIS Database:

Combined Databases of Landfills in Georgia; Historic and Current through 1999

 Preparation of Database and Documentation Report

Prepared by:                                               (Signed)

Elizabeth Cheney                                      (Date Signed)

GIS Specialist II

Checked by:                                               (Signed)

Vicki Trent                                           (Date Signed)

Senior Geologist

 Data Source

Prepared by:                                               (Signed)

Elizabeth Cheney                                      (Date Signed)

GIS Specialist II

Checked by:                                               (Signed)

Scott Henson                                          (Date Signed)

Geologist

 Authorization

The Geologic Survey Branch of the Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources approves of the release of the GIS database as presented in Parts A, B, and C of the accompanying documentation report.

Reviewed by:                                           (Signed)

B. Roger Carter                                       (Date Signed)

Assistant Branch Chief

 

Part B. Technical Description Of The GIS Database:

Combined Databases of Landfills in Georgia; Historic and Current through 1999


1.0 Identification Information:

Citation:

Citation Information:

Originator:           Geologic Survey Branch, Environmental Protection Division, Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Title:      Combined Databases of Landfills in Georgia; Historic and Current through 1999

Edition: version 1

Geospatial Data Presentation Form:      vector digital data

Series Information:

Series Name:   Documentation Reports

Issue Identification:   DR01-10

Publication Information:

Publication Place:     Atlanta, Georgia

Publisher:     Geologic Survey Branch, Environmental Protection Division, Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Online Linkage:     none

Description:

Abstract:

This GIS database contains landfills in Georgia. Some of the landfills in this database are permitted, regulated landfills, others are older landfills which closed prior to the creation of the state of Georgia's landfill regulations. This GIS database was created by combining two existing GIS databases (DR00-02 and DR00-20) previously published by the Geologic Survey Branch (GSB)

Purpose:

This GIS database was developed for the Environmental Protection Division for use in analysis to support EPD's environmental protection programs

Supplemental Information:

This database contains data from DR00-02 Landfill Location and Inspection Log - 1973 to 1992, and from DR00-20 Solid Waste Landfills Within the State of Georgia Permitted Through December 1999.

Time Period of Content:

Time Period Information:

Single Date/Time:

Calendar Date: 2000

Currentness Reference: publication date

Status:

Progress: Complete

Maintenance and Update Frequency: None planned

Spatial Domain:

Bounding Coordinates:

West Bounding Coordinate:   -85.555336

East Bounding Coordinate:   -80.754073

North Bounding Coordinate:       34.987446

South Bounding Coordinate:       30.464965

Keywords:

Theme:

Theme Keyword Thesaurus: GEOREF Thesaurus and Guide to Indexing, Second Edition. 1978. American Geological Institute

Theme Keyword:    solid waste

Theme Keyword:    landfills

Theme Keyword:    waste disposal

Access Constraints: None.

Use Constraints:

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division, should be acknowledged as the data source in products derived from these data.

This data set is not designed for use as a primary regulatory tool in permitting or citing decisions, but may be used as a reference source. This is public information and may be interpreted by organizations, agencies, units of government, or others based on needs; however, they are responsible for the appropriate application.

Point of Contact:

Contact Information:

Contact Person Primary:

Contact Person: Alan Giles

Contact Organization: Geologic Survey Branch, Environmental Protection Division, Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Contact Position: Information Geologist

Contact Voice Telephone: 404-656-3214

Contact Facsimile Telephone: 404-657-8379

Contact Electronic Mail Address: Info.Geologist@dnr.state.ga.us

Hours of Service: 8:00-4:30pm

Native Data Set Environment:

Microsoft Windows NT Version 4.0 (Build 1381) Service Pack 6; ESRI ArcCatalog 8.1.0.642


2.0 Data Quality Information:

2.1 Attribute Accuracy:

Attribute Accuracy Report:

Attributes are items of information stored in the database. The attributes in this database came from several different sources, and reflect the accuracy of the source material. The permit number, facility name, and site location occupied by the GPS was taken for 517 of the 1069 landfills in this database came from the GSB GIS database DR00-20. The permit number, if applicable, and facility name for the other 552 landfills came from the GSB GIS database DR00-02. For both of these databases, several errors in the permit numbers were discovered and corrected. Two additional fields have been added to the database to reflect the source for each record. The latitude-longitude collection methodology is listed in one field, the source documentation report number is listed in the other.

The LPB attributes were joined to the GIS database using the permit number as the link item. The LPB attributes came from the LPB database and are: the facility address; city; zip code; date of permit issue; date ceased accepting waste; private ownership; phone number; requirement for ground water monitoring; operating status; and facility type. These attributes remain unchanged.

The HSI ID and the Delisted HSI ID, if applicable, were added from HWMB records. The HWMB records do not contain the LPB permit numbers for HSI sites. The HSI Ids were matched based on similar facility names and similar locations. This technique for matching is imperfect. In some cases, there may be landfills which are on the HSI but are not identified in this database by HSI Id. In other cases, there may be landfills in this database which are not on the HSI but are identified by an HSI Id.

2.2 Logical Consistency Report:

This GIS database was created by combining two existing GIS databases (DR00-02 and DR00-20) previously created by the Geologic Survey Branch (GSB). DR00-02 contains 869 landfill records. DR00-20 contains 522 landfill records. These permit numbers in DR00-02 were checked to see if the same permit number existed in DR00-20. Since the latitude and longitude coordinates in DR00-20 were collected using GPS, those locations were assumed to be more accurate. 517 of the 522 records in DR00-20 were used in this database. For the other four records, the LPB reviewers found that the GPS collected locations were not as accurate as the interpolated locations. This occurred in cases where the landfill had been closed long enough that there was no visible evidence of the landfill for the GPS data collectors to find. 552 of the 869 landfills from DR00-02 were used in this database. 317 of the 869 landfill permit numbers were found to be duplicates of those found in DR00-20.

2.3 Completeness Report:

This database was compiled from several different sources. No one source lists every landfill in Georgia.

This database contains locations for 1069 landfills. 452 of the 1069 landfills have no permit number listed. Generally, these are older landfills which ceased operation shortly after the passage of the Solid Waste Management Act of 1972. In this GIS database, these records will show only limited information: facility name, county, and source of data.

An additional 168 of the 1069 landfills have a permit number, but records for these are not maintained in the LPB database.  Generally, these are landfills which were in operation when EPD first started assigning permit numbers in 1972, but which closed prior to the installation of the LPB's computerized data management system. In this GIS database, the records for these facilities will list only limited information: permit number, facility name, county, and source of data.

The Land Protection Branch maintains a set of non-GIS computer databases (MFAC.DTF and IFAC.DTF). Records  of 466 landfills are mostly maintained in the MFAC.DTF. This GIS database contains records for 434 of those landfills. The GIS database does not contain records for the other 32 landfills. Generally these are landfills which were permitted, or for which a permit was applied for, after December 31, 1999.

This database does not contain any inert solid waste landfills. These are landfills that only accept earth-like materials; for example concrete, rock, yard trimmings, tree stumps. Inert landfills must notify EPD of their operation. Upon notification, EPD issues a Permit-By-Rule identification number. Inert landfills are not required to conduct environmental monitoring or to meet the more restrictive landfill siting and design requirements that other landfill types must meet.

2.4 Positional Accuracy:

Horizontal Positional Accuracy:

Horizontal Positional Accuracy Report:

The positional accuracy varies depending on the source of the locational data.

For the 517 landfills from DR00-20, the latitude-longitude coordinates were collected in the field by GSB personnel utilizing a Trimble GPS receiver while occupying either the facility's weigh station, entrance, or an alternate location. The uncorrected positional data were corrected for various errors inherent in GPS data by processing with differential correction software. The corrected coordinates were entered into the GIS database. The manufacturer's specifications for the Trimble GPS receiver state a horizontal positional accuracy of +/- 5 meters for differentially corrected data.

For the 552 landfills from DR00-02, the latitude and longitude coordinates were interpolated from the annotated paper maps in the Landfill Location and Inspection Log. The Landfill Location and Inspection map contains a set of 159 of the DOT county series maps. The original DOT maps were mostly published at a scale of 1 inch to 1 mile, on large sheets of paper, 2 or 3 feet wide. These originals were reduced on a copier by LPB to a more manageable tabloid size (11 inches by 17 inches). A representative sample (10%) of this database was visually compared to the GPS collected landfill locations in DR00-20. The distances between the locations ranged from zero to 1.3 miles.

Vertical Positional Accuracy:

Vertical Positional Accuracy Report: not applicable

2.5 Lineage:

Source Information:

Source Citation:

Citation Information:

Originator: Geologic Survey Branch, Environmental Protection Branch, Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Publication Date: 2000

Title: Historic Location and Inspection Log of Georgia Landfills, 1973 to 1992

Edition: version 1

Geospatial Data Presentation Form: vector digital data

Series Information:

Series Name: Documentation Reports

Issue Identification: DR00-02

Publication Information:

Publication Place: Atlanta, Georgia

Publisher: Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division, Geologic Survey Branch

Source Scale Denominator: variable

Type of Source Media: disc

Source Time Period of Content:

Time Period Information:

Range of Dates/Times:

Beginning Date: 1973

Ending Date: 1992

Source Currentness Reference: ground condition

Source Citation Abbreviation: DR0002

Source Contribution: Provided 552 landfill records

Source Information:

Source Citation:

Citation Information:

Originator: Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division, Geologic Survey Branch

Publication Date: March 22, 2000

Title: Documentation Report for GIS Database: Solid Waste Landfills Within the State of Georgia Permitted Through December 1999

Edition: Version 1

Geospatial Data Presentation Form: vector digital data

Series Information:

Series Name: Geologic Survey Documentation Reports

Issue Identification: DR00-20

Publication Information:

Publication Place: Atlanta, Georgia

Publisher: Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division, Geologic Survey Branch

Online Linkage:

<gsb/dr0020.zip>

Source Scale Denominator: 24,000

Type of Source Media: disc

Source Time Period of Content:

Time Period Information:

Single Date/Time:

Calendar Date: December 31, 1999

Source Currentness Reference: ground condition

Source Citation Abbreviation: DR0020

Source Contribution: Provided 517 landfills records

Source Information:

Source Citation:

Citation Information:

Originator: Georgia Department of Transportation

Publication Date: 19970101

Title: Georgia DOT County General Highway Map

Geospatial Data Presentation Form: Map

Publication Information:

Publication Place: Georgia GIS Data Clearinghouse

Publisher: State of Georgia

Online Linkage: <http://gis1.state.ga.us/discover/>

Source Scale Denominator: 31680

Type of Source Media: online

Source Time Period of Content:

Time Period Information:

Range of Dates/Times:

Beginning Date: 1/1/1993

Ending Date: 1/1/1997

Source Currentness Reference: Ground Condition

Source Citation Abbreviation: DOTCNTY

Source Contribution: County series DOT maps used for qa/qc

Source Information:

Source Citation:

Citation Information:

Originator: Land Protection Branch, Environmental Protection Division, Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Publication Date: Unpublished Material

Title: Landfill spreadsheet

Geospatial Data Presentation Form: spreadsheet

Other Citation Details: Extract from LPB Q&A database MFAC.DTF of landfills

Online Linkage: none

Source Scale Denominator: not applicable

Type of Source Media: electronic mail system

Source Time Period of Content:

Time Period Information:

Single Date/Time:

Calendar Date: 5/17/2001

Source Currentness Reference: data extraction date

Source Citation Abbreviation: LPBXL

Source Contribution: Excel spreadsheet from Land Protection Branch provided facility information for 434 landfill records.

Source Information:

Source Citation:

Citation Information:

Originator: Hazardous Waste Management Branch

Publication Date: Unpublished Material

Title: HSI IDs for Landfills

Geospatial Data Presentation Form: spreadsheet

Source Scale Denominator: not applicable

Type of Source Media: electronic mail system

Source Time Period of Content:

Time Period Information:

Single Date/Time:

Calendar Date: 7/01/2001

Source Currentness Reference: publication date

Source Citation Abbreviation: HWMBXL

Source Contribution: Excel spreadsheet from Hazardous Waste Management Branch provided HSI IDs for 173 landfill records

Process Step:

Process Description:

import cover DR0002 as albmorg

additem permno

move contents of permit number 1 to permno

Source Used Citation Abbreviation: DR0002

Process Date: 10/30/2000

Process Step:

Process Description: import cover DR0020 as alblfill

Source Used Citation Abbreviation: DR0020

Process Date: 10/30/2000

Process Step:

Process Description:

project cover albmorg from albers to utm16 as morg16

project cover albmorg from albers to utm17 as morg17

Source Used Citation Abbreviation: DR0002

Process Date: 10/31/2000

Process Step:

Process Description:

project cover alblfill from albers to utm16 as plfill16

Source Used Citation Abbreviation: DR0020

Process Date: 10/31/2000

Process Step:

Process Description:

In Arcview, using DOT county series tiff maps as background, compare points with common permit numbers between the lfill16 and morg16, and lfill17 and morg17. In cases where the two supposedly duplicate points do not geographically coincide, a small map is produced and sent to LPB for clarification.

Source Used Citation Abbreviation: DR0002

Source Used Citation Abbreviation: DR0020

Source Used Citation Abbreviation: DOTCNTY

Process Date: October 2000 through March 2001

Process Step:

Process Description:

In ArcMap, deleted 315 duplicate landfill points in albmorg and 4 duplicate landfill points from alblfill. In 18 cases in albmorg, moved permit number from permit number 2, permit number 3, or permit number 4 to permno to overwrite a duplicate permit number. Moved 2 points in alblfill to corrected locations per LPB. In alblfill, some permits had exactly the same lat-long, as one GPS reading was used for two permits. Those 77 points were moved to and offset by no more than 5 meters to separate the points slightly. The offset was performed so that the user could zoom in and be able to see 2 distinct points.

Source Used Citation Abbreviation: DR0002

Source Used Citation Abbreviation: DR0020

Process Date: October 2000 through March 2001

Process Step:

Process Description:

For albmorg, modify item names to match those in alblfill. Drop some items not in alblfill. For alblfill, drop some unnecessary items. Appended albmorg to alblfill to combo.

Source Used Citation Abbreviation: DR0020

Source Used Citation Abbreviation: DR0020

Process Step:

Process Description:

In Excel, save the LPB spreadsheet out to a dBase file. DBASEINFO to convert the dBase file to an Info file scott.tab Copy coverage combo to combo2 JOINITEM scott.tab to combo2.pat Check for records which did not join. Fix typos in permit numbers in scott.tab which did not join. Copy coverage combo to combo3 JOINITEM scott.tab to combo3.pat

Source Used Citation Abbreviation: DR0002

Source Used Citation Abbreviation: DR0020

Source Used Citation Abbreviation: LPBXL

Process Date: 5/21/2001

Process Step:

Process Description:

Additem hsi id and dhsi id to combo3 Type in HSI ID and delisted HSI IDs from HW spreadsheet. Project coverage combo3 to dr0110 from albers to decimal degrees

Source Used Citation Abbreviation: HWMBXL

Source Used Citation Abbreviation: DR0020

Source Used Citation Abbreviation: DR0002

Process Step:

Process Description: Export coverage dr0110 to export file


3.0 Spatial Data Organization Information:

Direct Spatial Reference Method: Vector

Point and Vector Object Information:

SDTS Terms Description:

SDTS Point and Vector Object Type: Entity point

Point and Vector Object Count: 1069

SDTS Terms Description:

SDTS Point and Vector Object Type: Point

Point and Vector Object Count: 8


Spatial Reference Information:

Horizontal Coordinate System Definition:

Geographic:

Latitude Resolution: 0.000000

Longitude Resolution: 0.000000

Geographic Coordinate Units: Decimal degrees

Geodetic Model:

Horizontal Datum Name: North American Datum of 1983

Ellipsoid Name: Geodetic Reference System 80

Semi-major Axis: 6378137.000000

Denominator of Flattening Ratio: 298.257222


Entity and Attribute Information:

Overview Description:

Entity and Attribute Overview:

COLUMN    ITEM NAME              WIDTH     OUTPUT TYPE

 1                   AREA                                 8                 18               F

 9                   PERIMETER               8                 18               F

 17                 DR0110#                            4                 5                 B

 21                 DR0110-ID                         4                 5                 B

 25                 PERMITNO                       20               20               C

 45                 NAME                                70               70               C

115                SITE_OCC                         5                 5                 C

120                CNTYNAME              23               23               C

143                LLSOURCE                        6                 6                 C

149                LLMETH                            1                 1                 C

150                LPB                                     1                 1                 C

151                FAC_ADDR                      27               27               C

178                CITY                                   24               24               C

202                ZIP_CODE                         10               10               C

212                PERMIT_ISS              13               13               C

225                DATE_CEASE                  8                 10               D

233                PRIVATE_SI               11               11               C

244                PHONE_AREA                 8                 12               F

252                PHONE_NUMB                11               11               C

263                GW                                     4                 4                 C

267                OP_STAT                          9                 9                 C

276                FAC_TYPE                        10               10               C

286                HSI_ID                               5                 5                 C

291                DHSI_ID                            5                 5                 C

Detailed Description:

Entity Type:

Entity Type Label: dr0110.pat

Attribute:

Attribute Label: FID

Attribute Definition: Internal feature number.

Attribute Definition Source: ESRI

Attribute Domain Values:

Unrepresentable Domain: Sequential unique whole numbers that are automatically generated.

Attribute:

Attribute Label: Shape

Attribute Definition: Feature geometry.

Attribute Definition Source: ESRI

Attribute Domain Values:

Unrepresentable Domain: Coordinates defining the features.

Attribute:

Attribute Label: AREA

Attribute Definition: Area of feature in internal units squared.

Attribute Definition Source: ESRI

Attribute Domain Values:

Unrepresentable Domain: Area is always zero for point coverages. Values are automatically generated.

Attribute:

Attribute Label: PERIMETER

Attribute Definition: Perimeter of feature in internal units.

Attribute Definition Source: ESRI

Attribute Domain Values:

Unrepresentable Domain: Perimeter is always zero for point coverages. Values are automatically generated.

Attribute:

Attribute Label: DR0110#

Attribute Definition: Internal feature number.

Attribute Definition Source: ESRI

Attribute Domain Values:

Unrepresentable Domain: Sequential unique whole numbers that are automatically generated.

Attribute:

Attribute Label: DR0110-ID

Attribute Definition: User-defined feature number.

Attribute Definition Source: ESRI

Attribute:

Attribute Label: PERMITNO

Attribute Definition: Permit number as assigned by LPB. Each permit number is unique, with a 3 digit prefix followed by a hyphen, then 3 digits and some letters. The first 3 digits of the permit number represent the county in which the landfill is located. The prefix numbers are assigned in alphabetical order, with Appling county being 001 and Worth county being 159. In a few cases, where the permit has been applied for but not yet granted, the prefix is "APL" instead of the county number. The alphabet characters at the end of the permit number represent different types of landfills. "MSWL" designates a Municipal Solid Waste Landfill. "SL" is a Sanitary Waste Landfill. "C&D" is a Construction and Demolition Landfill. "L" is a Dry Trash Landfill. "LI" is an Industrial Waste Landfill. These designations represent the original facility type for which the landfill was permitted. In some cases, the landfill have since converted to a different type of operation, for example, from an "SL" facility to a "C&D" facility. In those cases the permit number does not change. Other types of solid waste handling operations are as follows: "BA" is a baler facility. "CO" is a composting facility. "IL" is an inert landfill. "INC" is an incinerator facility. "MRF" is a materials recovery facility. "RM" is a recovered materials facility. "SH" is a shredding facility. "TS" is a transfer station facility. The user should look at the Fac_Type attribute to determine the current facility type for a particular solid waste facility or operation

Attribute Definition Source: LPB

Attribute:

Attribute Label: NAME

Attribute Definition: The name of the facility as recorded by LPB

Attribute Definition Source: LPB

Attribute:

Attribute Label: SITE_OCC

Attribute Definition: If applicable, the physical location within the facility where the GPS reading was taken. Typically the GPS reading would have been taken at the weigh station or at the entrance to the landfill.

Attribute Definition Source: GSB

Attribute Domain Values:

Enumerated Domain:

Enumerated Domain Value: EN

Enumerated Domain Value Definition: GPS reading taken at the entrance to the facility

Enumerated Domain Value Definition Source: GSB

Enumerated Domain:

Enumerated Domain Value: NA

Enumerated Domain Value Definition: Not applicable - no GPS reading taken for this facility

Enumerated Domain:

Enumerated Domain Value: NL

Enumerated Domain Value Definition: None listed- a GPS reading was taken for this facility, but no code was for site_occ was listed.

Enumerated Domain:

Enumerated Domain Value: OT

Enumerated Domain Value Definition: GPS reading taken at some location other than the entrance or the weigh station

Enumerated Domain Value Definition Source: GSB

Enumerated Domain:

Enumerated Domain Value: WS

Enumerated Domain Value Definition: GPS reading taken at the weigh station for the facility

Enumerated Domain Value Definition Source: GSB

Attribute:

Attribute Label: CNTYNAME

Attribute Definition: The name of the county where the facility is located

Attribute Definition Source: GSB

Attribute:

Attribute Label: LLSOURCE

Attribute Definition: Source of the location information for the facility

Attribute Definition Source: GSB

Attribute Domain Values:

Enumerated Domain:

Enumerated Domain Value: dr0020

Enumerated Domain Value Definition: Location information came from Documentation Report 00-20: Solid Waste Landfills Within the State of Georgia, Permitted Through December 1999

Enumerated Domain Value Definition Source: GSB

Enumerated Domain:

Enumerated Domain Value: dr0002

Enumerated Domain Value Definition: Location information came from Documentation Report 00-02: Landfill Location and Inspection Log - 1983-1992

Enumerated Domain Value Definition Source: GSB

Attribute:

Attribute Label: LLMETH

Attribute Definition: Method used to calculate the latitude and longitude coordinates

Attribute Definition Source: GSB

Attribute Domain Values:

Enumerated Domain:

Enumerated Domain Value: G

Enumerated Domain Value Definition: Collected with GPS receiver and differentially corrected in post-processing

Enumerated Domain Value Definition Source: GSB

Enumerated Domain:

Enumerated Domain Value: I

Enumerated Domain Value Definition: Position interpolated from paper maps from the Landfill Location and Inspection Log - 1973 to 1992

Enumerated Domain Value Definition Source: GSB

Attribute:

Attribute Label: LPB

Attribute Definition: Are there records for this landfill in the LPB MFAC.DTF database?

Attribute Definition Source: LPB

Attribute Domain Values:

Enumerated Domain:

Enumerated Domain Value: Y

Enumerated Domain Value Definition: Yes

Enumerated Domain Value Definition Source: LPB

Enumerated Domain:

Enumerated Domain Value: N

Enumerated Domain Value Definition: No

Enumerated Domain Value Definition Source: LPB

Attribute:

Attribute Label: FAC_ADDR

Attribute Definition: Facility address as listed in the LPB MFAC.DTF database

Attribute Definition Source: LPB

Attribute:

Attribute Label: CITY

Attribute Definition: Facility city as listed in the LPB MFAC.DTF database

Attribute Definition Source: LPB

Attribute:

Attribute Label: ZIP_CODE

Attribute Definition: Facility zip code as listed in the LPB MFAC.DTF database

Attribute Definition Source: LPB

Attribute:

Attribute Label: PERMIT_ISS

Attribute Definition: date the permit was issued, as listed in the LPB MFAC.DTF database

Attribute Definition Source: LPB

Attribute:

Attribute Label: DATE_CEASE

Attribute Definition: Date ceased accepting waste, as listed in the LPB MFAC.DTF database

Attribute Definition Source: LPB

Attribute:

Attribute Label: PRIVATE_SI

Attribute Definition: Is this a privately owned facility, as listed in the LPB MFAC.DTF database

Attribute Definition Source: LPB

Attribute Domain Values:

Enumerated Domain:

Enumerated Domain Value: TRUE

Enumerated Domain Value Definition: The landfill is privately owned by a business or corporation.

Enumerated Domain Value Definition Source: LPB

Enumerated Domain:

Enumerated Domain Value: FALSE

Enumerated Domain Value Definition: The landfill is publicly owned by a municipality, authority, or other government entity.

Enumerated Domain:

Enumerated Domain Value: NoCode

Enumerated Domain Value Definition: No code listed. The landfill is publicly owned. This is the same as "FALSE" but the LPB data entry personnel left the field blank in the LPB MFAC.DTF database.

Enumerated Domain:

Enumerated Domain Value: NotApp

Enumerated Domain Value Definition: Not applicable, there is no record for this landfill in the LPB database.

Attribute:

Attribute Label: PHONE_AREA

Attribute Definition: telephone number area code, as listed in the LPB MFAC.DTF database

Attribute Definition Source: LPB

Attribute:

Attribute Label: PHONE_NUMB

Attribute Definition: telephone number of the landfill, as listed in the LPB MFAC.DTF database

Attribute:

Attribute Label: GW

Attribute Definition: Is ground-water monitoring required? As listed in the MFAC.DTF database

Attribute Definition Source: LPB

Attribute Domain Values:

Enumerated Domain:

Enumerated Domain Value: D

Enumerated Domain Value Definition: Groundwater monitoring is deferred. The facility requested to be deferred from ground-water monitoring and was granted a deferral by EPD. Per the regulations, the facility may have been required to monitor, but due to deferrals is no longer required to monitor at this time. Deferrals were granted if landfill could make an argument that the type of waste received would not cause a problem to the groundwater.

Enumerated Domain:

Enumerated Domain Value: N

Enumerated Domain Value Definition: Ground-water monitoring is not required. The landfill closed prior to the beginning of monitoring requirements.

Enumerated Domain:

Enumerated Domain Value: Y

Enumerated Domain Value Definition: Ground-water monitoring is required and installation has been approved.

Enumerated Domain:

Enumerated Domain Value: NC

Enumerated Domain Value Definition: No ground-water monitoring code. There is a record for this landfill listed in the LPB MFAC.DTF database, but there is no code value listed for this particular field. For those facilities that have an OP_STAT of either "C" (permit issued/under construction) or "PA" (permit applied for), ground-water monitoring is required but the environmental monitoring system has not been installed yet. Normally the GW field in the database for NEW facilities is updated to a "Y" when the ground-water monitoring system installation has been approved by EPD. The other facilities with the "NC" value are required to monitor but have not complied.

Enumerated Domain:

Enumerated Domain Value: NA

Enumerated Domain Value Definition: Not applicable, there is no record for this landfill in the LPB MFAC.DTF database

Attribute:

Attribute Label: OP_STAT

Attribute Definition: Operating Status, as listed in the MFAC.DTF database.

Attribute Definition Source: LPB

Attribute Domain Values:

Enumerated Domain:

Enumerated Domain Value: 1

Enumerated Domain Value Definition:  Active. The facility/operation has met all the regulatory construction requirements and is in operation

Enumerated Domain Value Definition Source: LPB

Enumerated Domain:

Enumerated Domain Value: 2

Enumerated Domain Value Definition: Closed. The disposal facility has closed and met all the regulatory closure requirements.

Enumerated Domain Value Definition Source: LPB

Enumerated Domain:

Enumerated Domain Value: A

Enumerated Domain Value Definition: Expansion of permitted facility under court appeal.

Enumerated Domain Value Definition Source: LPB

Enumerated Domain:

Enumerated Domain Value: C

Enumerated Domain Value Definition: Permit Issued. Applicant has met all the requirements to obtain a permit. Construction of the facility may begin.

Enumerated Domain Value Definition Source: LPB

Enumerated Domain:

Enumerated Domain Value: I

Enumerated Domain Value Definition: Ceased accepting waste. The disposal facility has ceased accepting waste and closed prior to establishment of more stringent regulatory closure requirements. The facility is considered to be "inactive" rather than "closed".

Enumerated Domain Value Definition Source: LPB, GSB

Enumerated Domain:

Enumerated Domain Value: I-D

Enumerated Domain Value Definition: Ceased accepting waste. The disposal facility has ceased accepting waste and is in the process of completing regulatory closure requirements.

Enumerated Domain Value Definition Source: LPB, GSB

Enumerated Domain:

Enumerated Domain Value: PA

Enumerated Domain Value Definition: Permit Application. An application for a solid waste disposal (or processing, or handling, etc.) permit has been received by EPD.

Enumerated Domain Value Definition Source: LPB

Enumerated Domain:

Enumerated Domain Value: NC

Enumerated Domain Value Definition: No operating status code. There is a record for this landfill listed in the LPB MFAC.DTF database, but there is no code value listed for this particular field.

Enumerated Domain Value Definition Source: GSB

Enumerated Domain:

Enumerated Domain Value: NA

Enumerated Domain Value Definition: Not applicable. There is no record for this landfill in the LPB MFAC.DTF database.

Enumerated Domain Value Definition Source: GSB

Attribute:

Attribute Label: FAC_TYPE

Attribute Definition: Facility Type

Attribute Definition Source: LPB

Attribute Domain Values:

Enumerated Domain:

Enumerated Domain Value: C&D

Enumerated Domain Value Definition: Construction/Demolition Waste Landfill for dry trash (non-putrescible waste). Accepts waste building materials and rubble resulting from construction, remodeling, repair and demolition operations of pavements, houses, commercial buildings, and or other structures. Such wastes include but are not necessarily limited to wood, bricks, metal, concrete, wall board, paper or cardboard.

Enumerated Domain Value Definition Source: LPB

Enumerated Domain:

Enumerated Domain Value: L

Enumerated Domain Value Definition: Dry Trash (non-putrescible waste) Landfill (older designation)

Enumerated Domain Value Definition Source: LPB

Enumerated Domain:

Enumerated Domain Value: LI

Enumerated Domain Value Definition: Industrial Waste Landfill. . Accepts solid waste generated by manufacturing or industrial processes that is not hazardous waste. Can also accept commercial waste.

Enumerated Domain Value Definition Source: LPB

Enumerated Domain:

Enumerated Domain Value: MSWL

Enumerated Domain Value Definition: Municipal Solid Waste (putrescible waste) Landfill. Accepts solid wastes from homes, industries, commercial buildings, or institutional facilities. These are landfills which have installed liners and leachate collection systems on permitted acreage, as required under federal subtitle D regulations.

Enumerated Domain Value Definition Source: LPB

Enumerated Domain:

Enumerated Domain Value: NA

Enumerated Domain Value Definition: Not applicable. There is no record for this landfill in the LPB MFAC.DTF database.

Enumerated Domain Value Definition Source: GSB

Enumerated Domain:

Enumerated Domain Value: SL

Enumerated Domain Value Definition: Sanitary Waste (putrescible waste) landfill (older designation).

Enumerated Domain Value Definition Source: LPB

Attribute:

Attribute Label: HSI_ID

Attribute Definition: Hazardous Site Inventory Identification Number. This field will have a value of "NA" for landfills which have no HSI_ID. EPD places a site on the HSI where there has been a known or suspected release of a regulated substance above a reportable quantity and which have yet to show they meet state clean-up standards found in the Rules for Hazardous Site Response (391-3-19). The HSI_ID is a unique 5 digit number for each site. However, in some cases the same HSI_ID may be listed for several different LPB permit numbers. This is due to the difficulty in reconciling the HSI records with the landfill records. In some cases, the best guess of positional proximity and matching facility names was used to relate HSI_IDs to the LPB permit number.

Attribute:

Attribute Label: DHSI_ID

Attribute Definition: Delisted Hazardous Site Inventory Identification Number. Sites that were removed from the HSI due to EPD's determination that the release did not exceed a reportable quantity at the time of listing or the release meets the clean-up standards found in Section 391-3-19-.07 of the Rules for Hazardous Site Response.


6.0 Distribution Information:

Distributor:

Contact Information:

Contact Organization Primary:

Contact Organization: Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division, Geologic Survey Branch

Contact Person: Information Geologist

Contact Position: Information Geologist

Contact Voice Telephone: 404-656-3214

Contact Facsimile Telephone: 404-657-8379

Contact Electronic Mail Address: Info.Geologist@dnr.state.ga.us

Resource Description:    Documentation Report 01-10 for GIS Database: Combined Databases of Landfills in Georgia; Historic and Current through 1999

Distribution Liability: None

Standard Order Process:

Digital Form:

Digital Transfer Information:

Format Name: ARC

File Decompression Technique: no compression applied

Transfer Size: 0.398

Digital Transfer Option:

Offline Option:

Offline Media: 3-1/2 inch floppy disk

Fees: copy charges

Ordering Instructions: Contact the Information Geologist at 404-656-3214

Custom Order Process: Contact the Information Geologist at 404-656-3214

Technical Prerequisites: This database is available in the ESRI Arc/Info export format (.e00). The prospective user will need to have access to software which can read this format.

Available Time Period:

Time Period Information:

Range of Dates/Times:

Beginning Time: 8:00am

Ending Time: 4:30pm


7.0 Metadata Reference Information:

Metadata Date: 20010515

Metadata Review Date: see signature sheet

Metadata Contact:

Contact Information:

Contact Organization Primary:

Contact Organization: Geologic Survey Branch, Environmental Protection Division, Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Contact Person: Information Geologist.

Contact Address:

Address Type: Room 400, 19 MLK Jr. Dr., SW 

City: Atlanta

State or Province: Georgia.

Postal Code: 30034

Contact Voice Telephone: 404-656-3214

Metadata Standard Name: FGDC Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata

Metadata Standard Version: FGDC-STD-001-1998

Metadata Time Convention: local time

Metadata Extensions:

Online Linkage: <http://www.esri.com/metadata/esriprof80.html>

Profile Name: ESRI Metadata Profile


Part C.  The Digital Files Containing The GIS Database:

 Combined Databases of Landfills in Georgia; Historic and Current through 1999

The digital files are written on the enclosed 1.44 Mb diskette. The diskette contains the following:

README.TXT - an ascii text file which is a digital copy of this page

DR0110.DOC - this documentation report in MS Word format.

DR0110.TXT - this documentation report in ascii text format

DR0110.E00 - the GIS database in Arc/Info export format