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Friday, June 24, 2011 - 10:48am

EPD Reconsidering Air Permits

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division is reconsidering air pollution permits for a proposed coal fired power plant in Southwest Georgia.

The EPD held a public hearing in Atlanta this week nearly 200 miles from Early County.

The hearing was held after a judge asked LS Energy to make changes to air pollution requirements for the twelve hundred megawatt Longleaf Power Plant.

Gordon Rogers with the Flint Riverkeeper attended the public meeting. He opposes the plant and says he worries about its effect on fish, air quality and water supply in the Chattahoochee.

“It would be twenty million gallons per day that’s evaporated to the sky out of the system approximately. Some days it would be a little less, some days it would be more.”

Environmental groups have been fighting the proposed plant for more than a decade. It’s one of three coal plants being considered for Georgia.