Energy & Environment

Georgia DIYers stymied by big tech

BY: - August 8, 2019

A combination of experience, leaked technical documents and internet-powered crowd-sourcing has helped Nate Minor find his way around the inside of an iPad Pro and other high-tech devices without the aid of an official manufacturer’s guide.  But the owner of the East Atlanta Village Screenfixing.com repair shop, says he hopes tech companies like Apple will […]

Okefenokee Swamp

Public pressure killed Okefenokee mining plans once. Will it again?

BY: - August 8, 2019

A company’s push to mine minerals near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is drawing parallels to a proposal 20 years ago near the southeast Georgia sanctuary that generated national attention. Twin Pines Minerals is hosting two public hearings in south Georgia next week, Aug. 13 in Folkston and Aug. 14 in St. George, about its […]

Storm-ravaged forests add fuel to biomass energy push

BY: - August 7, 2019

Within these thickets are a slew of trees that remain keeled over or snapped in two, just as Hurricane Michael left them nearly 10 months ago. In many cases, the high cost to remove the damaged trees and replant them — even with the state offering a tax incentive to do so — is leaving […]

Coal ash decisions need more public scrutiny, environmentalists say

BY: - August 7, 2019

Georgia regulators ought to hold more public meetings before issuing state permits for power plants to dispose of toxic coal ash, local environmentalists said during the only public hearing scheduled to discuss the state’s new ash-disposal rules. The hearing, held Tuesday at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Atlanta headquarters, came a day after several […]

Environmentalists: Power plant coal ash a threat to Georgia’s water

BY: - August 6, 2019

Tons of coal ash stored at Georgia Power plants contain metal substances linked to cancer and could potentially cause permanent groundwater and river pollution , according to environmental groups. A 52-page letter, issued by the Southern Environmental Law Center, contends Georgia Power plans to seal nearly 50 million tons of toxic ash in sludge ponds […]