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.
The state is trying to block several impending federal regulations on air pollution. Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens says this week’s lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency over the cross state air pollution rule is one of several challenges already in the works.
The U-S Environmental Protection Agency Wednesday proposed the first national limits on mercury pollution from power plants, the largest source of the emissions. EPA projected the proposed rules would stop about 91 percent of mercury emitted by burning coal and oil in power plants. They would impact 10 facilities in Georgia.
A recent report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says pollution in industry heavy Richmond County is on the decline. The EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory tracks chemicals released to land, air and water by industries across the country.
The Olin chemical company announced last week it will phase out the use of mercury at its Augusta plant. This is troubling to environmentalists who worry about what will happen to the unused mercury once the switch is made.
EPA Administrator in Americus for "Environmental Justice Tour." Lisa Jackson partnering with Congressional Black Caucus for the event. Officials say poor, rural, and minority communities being disproportionately targeted.