Gov. Nathan Deal is asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to suspend the federal requirement to add ethanol to gasoline, joining livestock and poultry farmers and several other governors who’ve made similar requests because of the price of corn.
Attorneys general from Georgia and Alabama have applauded a 2-1 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia that overturned a regulation clamping down on power plant pollution that contributes to unhealthy air crossing state lines.
Georgia Tech is one of five schools to receive federal grants for researching new ways to improve air quality and to track the effectiveness of pollution control measures. Georgia Tech is supposed to develop a system for estimating and minimizing the impacts of prescribed burning on air quality, particularly in Georgia.
Environmental officials are doing more tests on Monroe County wells that have unsafe levels of radon and uranium. The U-S Environmental Protection Agency, along with state and local officials, began collecting water sampleslast week from up to 50 homes. The testing goes through the end of July. Officials hope the data might tell them why some people are getting sick.
Environmental regulators are pushing for a more effective cleanup at a former chemical plant in Brunswick. So the site’s owner is bringing in new experts to devise a strategy for eliminating the mercury, lead and other contaminants.
Swimmers at Georgia's beaches are unlikely to notice any changes with proposed federal water quality standards. State officials would continue monitoring beaches like Tybee, St. Simons and Jekyll Islands for gastrointestinal illness. But triggers for closing beaches or issuing swim warnings would stay the same.
The largest greenhouse gas polluter is the Scherer power plant in Juliette, Ga., which is owned by Southern Company. That coal-fired power plant reported releasing nearly 23 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, the chief greenhouse gas, in 2010.