Energy & Environment

Feds open Okefenokee mining plan to another round of public input

BY: - April 14, 2020

Fans of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Area will get more than six additional weeks to express their opinion about a proposed strip mine near Trail Ridge, an extension to give federal officials time to hold a virtual public meeting next month and then gather more public input. The Army Corps of Engineers extended the official […]

Court keeps open Smyrna medical equipment sterilization plant

BY: - April 10, 2020

A Sterigenics facility that uses a carcinogenic gas to sterilize medical equipment will continue operations until a legal dispute with Cobb County is settled, following a federal court ruling this week. “We will continue our safe sterilization operations at the facility in the interest of public health,” the company said in a statement Wednesday. “We […]

Okefenokee Swamp

Time running short for public to comment on Okefenokee mining plan

BY: - April 7, 2020

Conservation groups, wildlife lovers and anyone with a fondness for the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge can still officially chime in on a revised federal application to mine heavy minerals near one of the country’s most treasured natural resources. The U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers Savannah District is accepting public comments through Monday, April 13 on […]

Georgia Power coal ash cleanup plans might bypass public meetings

BY: - March 27, 2020

As the state’s largest electric utility seeks state approval to close its toxic coal ash ponds, a key question remains: How involved will residents be in decisions that will could affect their community for decades to come? Georgia Power will close its 29 coal ash ponds in the state, with 10 of them proposed to […]

Lawmakers back coal ash monitoring and landfill fee, not lined storage

BY: - March 13, 2020

House lawmakers backed a trio of bills that would end a discount on out-of-state coal ash waste coming into Georgia and require long-term monitoring of toxic coal ash ponds that are left in unlined pits. But they took no action on a proposal that would require coal ash – the residue left behind after burning […]

Legislative support builds for more disclosure of industrial toxic gas leaks

BY: - March 12, 2020

The Georgia House and Senate unanimously passed bills Thursday requiring companies to publicly report leaks of the toxic gas ethylene oxide. The Senate bill’s sponsor is Sen. Brian Strickland, a Henry County Republican and Gov. Brian Kemp’s floor leader. The House bill was sponsored by Marietta Republican Rep. Don Parsons. Under the legislation, companies that […]

Fans of Flint River bass hope shoalie finally gets its due on Crossover Day

BY: - March 12, 2020

Supporters of a fish that mostly calls Georgia’s rivers home say they hope this will be the year they finally reel in a long-sought honor. The shoal bass – more affectionally known as the shoalie – has been gaining in popularity among anglers who like a fish that will fight back. Most abundantly found in […]

Camden Chairman keeps Spaceport faith despite lengthy failure to launch

BY: - March 8, 2020

Two months after Camden County suddenly scaled back its yearslong quest to become a licensed spaceport capable of launching larger rockets, its chairman and top booster is still all in, saying space-related jobs are the future. And critics say the recast license application is just the most recent sign that the county might as well […]

Georgia lawmakers want more open EPD ethylene oxide disclosure

BY: - March 6, 2020

Georgia lawmakers have revisited proposed new requirements for when companies must publicly disclose cancer-causing gas leaks. The changes were made in committee Thursday amid pressure that an earlier proposal didn’t go far enough in imposing stronger oversight of ethylene oxide after a pair of metro Atlanta plants that use the chemical to sterilize medical equipment […]

Sierra Club appeals state PSC OK of Georgia Power coal ash cleanup

BY: - March 5, 2020

An environmental group has appealed state regulators’ decision to let Georgia Power charge customers $525 million over the next few years to pay for some of its coal ash cleanup. The Georgia Sierra Club filed a petition for judicial review in Fulton County Superior Court on Thursday. The group accuses the elected state Public Service […]

Bill offers potential to block coal ash landfill near southeast Georgia river

BY: - March 5, 2020

Lawmakers are trying to stop landfills – including coal ash dumps – from popping up near a south Georgia river. State legislation proposes to ban landfills within a three-mile range of the Satilla River, which is a blackwater stream that flows about 200 miles to St. Andrews Sound at Jekyll Island and into the Atlantic Ocean. […]

Senate takes turn at requiring ethylene oxide release transparency

BY: - March 4, 2020

The state Senate Natural Resources Committee moved forward on a plan to keep tabs on spills of a cancer-causing chemical Tuesday, despite concerns from some lawmakers and activists that the measure does not go far enough. Like legislation approved by a House panel Monday, Senate Bill 426 mandates any unauthorized release of the chemical be […]