A new report ranks the Savannah River third in the country for the amount of toxic discharge released into its water. More than 5 million pounds of waste were discharged into the river in 2010, according to the report from Environment Georgia. Tonya Bonitatibus of Savannah Riverkeeper says officials have been working on a pollution reduction plan for several years. But she says little has changed in the meantime. “What we’ve got on this river is we’ve still got a large amount of pollution going in, we’ve got permits that expired five, six years ago, and it’s the status quo.”
New Environmental Protection Agency rules for carbon emission reductions for the nations’ power plants met alternately with official resistance or silence in Georgia Monday. The rules call for a 30% percent reduction in carbon emissions by the year 2030. Rather than being set from a universal baseline for all states, EPA officials say they came up with state by state goals by looking at present state emission levels and imagining what they call a “reasonable application” of technology could produce.
A federal Superfund site in coastal Brunswick is growing. The site is where a wood treatment plant contaminated the groundwater before the facility went bankrupt in 1991. Federal officials built an underground wall to contain the contamination two years ago. But a member of the Glynn Environmental Coalition says some chemicals remained outside the wall.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the International City/County Management Association plan to host the National Brownfields Conference this Wednesday through Friday in Atlanta. They say the conference, which is in its 15th year, is the largest training and networking event in the nation focusing on environmental revitalization and economic redevelopment.
Two subsidiaries of an international chemical company have agreed to pay more than $800,000 in two settlements for violations of federal chemical and pesticide laws. The Environmental Protection Agency announced it reached a settlement Thursday with Kemira Chemicals and Kemira Water Solutions