GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Hall County officials say they have determined a landfill owned by Gov. Nathan Deal's business partner violated local zoning laws when it was composting food waste.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported Monday officials have not imposed any penalties on the landfill's owner, Ken Cronan. The landfill will remain open, although food waste will no longer be processed there.
A stench of rotting food wafting from the landfill, which is near an auto salvage yard Cronan co-owns with Deal, became a source of complaints from nearby neighbors.
The landfill was originally zoned to accept trash from construction and demolition projects, although Cronan did receive state permits earlier this year to begin a composting operation and accept food waste.
The newspaper said Cronan did not respond to a call seeking comment.