The owners of a liquified natural gas import facility on Elba Island near Savannah are seeking permission to export LNG. Southern LNG is asking the US Energy Department to approve a request to ship up to $4 million a year out of the country through Georgia.
Federal energy officials say, they're permanently closing two underground storage tanks that once held radioactive waste at the Savannah River Site near Augusta. The US built the tanks during the Cold War and started cleaning them up in the 1980's. Officials hailed the closures. But they also noted, there are 47 more such tanks that need to be made permanently safe.
The impact of radiation leaking from Japan's tsunami-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant still isn’t clear. Near Augusta, scientists are studying another kind of radioactive contamination. It comes from decades ago, when the Savannah River Site produced the nation's nuclear weapons. Noel Brown reports on how turtles, alligators and water birds are tracking nuclear cleanup.
An environmental group says, taxpayers are being kept in the dark about an $8 billion federal loan guarantee to build the nation's first new nuclear reactors in 30 years. The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy is suing the U.S. Energy Department over Southern Company's plan to build reactors at Plant Vogtle near Augusta. The group's director says, they've tried for months to get information about the program, but are getting no cooperation.