Energy & Environment

Struggle over tax break for inherited farmland churns below surface in reconciliation bill

BY: - September 19, 2021

WASHINGTON—Agricultural groups and farm-state lawmakers notched a significant win when U.S. House Democrats chose not to touch a big tax break for inherited property, avoiding for now a confrontation. But opponents remain wary that the idea could come back at any time as Democrats shape their massive $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package, and search for ways […]

State judge sides with EPD on tougher limits for dumping sewage into Chattahoochee

BY: - September 15, 2021

A state judge has ruled against a middle Georgia water utility that has spent years waging a costly battle against a state permit requiring tougher water quality standards. Judge Ronit Walker, an administrative law judge, backed state regulators’ decision to issue a permit last year imposing stricter limits on the amount of pollution that can […]

Agriculture section of reconciliation bill budgets for climate change fight, enhanced research

BY: - September 13, 2021

WASHINGTON—The U.S. House Agriculture Committee on Monday advanced its section of the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package. The agriculture portion would provide funding for historically Black land grant colleges and investments in urban agriculture, along with boosting U.S. Department of Agriculture programs to address climate change threats in farming. The $66 billion agriculture measure passed along party lines […]

Four big climate items in Congress’ reconciliation bill include wind power off Georgia coast

BY: - September 12, 2021

The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee late last week approved its first piece of Democrats’ sweeping $3.5 trillion spending blueprint on a party-line 24-13 vote. Among the highest priorities for President Joe Biden in the plan was addressing climate change, and the panel included initiatives ranging from oil and gas reform to offshore wind ventures. […]

Okefenokee fans hope court ruling on water protection rules stops mine

BY: - September 1, 2021

The reversal of a Trump administration rule that rolled back waterway protections is giving environmentalists new hope that a proposed strip mine near the Okefenokee Swamp and many other development plans near stream beds will no longer skirt federal regulation. U.S. District Judge Rosemary Márquez of Arizona ruled Monday that former President Donald Trump’s decision […]

Environmental justice advocates look to historic $3.5T spending bill for bold action

BY: - August 23, 2021

Congressional Democrats and the Biden administration want to use their massive $3.5 trillion spending plan to help communities that have been devastated by environmental pollution and degradation. For years, activists have been pushing for government recognition of what’s known as environmental justice, the broad movement to provide restitution to communities that have suffered disproportionate harm. […]

COMMENTARY

The difference between littering and pollution?

BY: - August 19, 2021

Saturday’s farm chores evolved into a civic-responsibility lesson for our 9-year-old grandson. We were scampering around, checking things off the list. One regular unpleasant task is cleaning up other people’s messes. But rather than fume about it, I decided Bayard could benefit from helping pick up the trash outside our fence, along the highway right-of-way. […]

As Vogtle’s costs rise, changes near for reviewing project’s run-away expenses

BY: - August 17, 2021

This story was updated at 10 a.m. Tuesday. State regulators will consider signing off Tuesday on a plan marking a significant shift in how cost overruns are handled for Georgia Power’s Plant Vogtle expansion, which is already billions of dollars over budget and years behind schedule.  An agreement negotiated by the state Public Service Commission […]

Virtual river mapping project underway in Georgia aims to raise awareness

BY: - August 15, 2021

Paddlers who have ventured out on South Chickamauga Creek as it winds through the far reaches of northwest Georgia will gush about the bluffs found along the water. But you don’t need to take their word for it. A new mapping project has volunteers like Joe Cook with the Georgia River Network out with a […]

Critics of Georgia Power coal ash plan air toxic water fears as state OK looms

BY: - August 11, 2021

Georgia Power’s plans to leave more than 1 million tons of toxic coal ash partially sitting in groundwater in northwest Georgia drew public indignation during a hearing held Tuesday. More than three dozen residents from all over the state dialed into the virtual hearing focused on Plant Hammond in Rome, as speaker after speaker Zoomed […]

COMMENTARY

Is Georgia’s summer sizzle causing an icy market for solar power?

BY: - August 9, 2021

As the country discusses our future direction for energy, infrastructure and even automobiles, Georgia is having its own energy discourse. The Peach State is in a vital battle for rooftop solar and keeping the high-tech and blue-collar jobs this burgeoning industry has already created. Rooftop solar applications to Georgia Power have skyrocketed since 2019 – […]

State regulators poised to set Georgia Power’s toxic coal ash storage legacy

BY: - August 9, 2021

Sometime next year, Pam Wolff hopes to stop lugging heavy five-gallon jugs of clean water into her home every week so she can cook meals, brew her coffee and her grandkids can brush their teeth. And she is looking forward to taking a shower without worrying over what’s in the polluted well water raining down […]