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.
Federal officials say the Georgia Department of Transportation and a Tennessee construction company have agreed to pay one of the largest fines in the history of the federal Clean Water Act. The fine settles possible violations during highway expansion projects. U-S Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency officials say, the Tennesse company and the Georgia agency will pay $1.5 million in penalties and spend $1.3 million more to resolve environmental issues.
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.
Georgia U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss are among Senate Republicans pushing for a one-year moratorium on new federal regulations. They say the new rules will stifle business. Environmentalists see the moratorium as another example of putting business interests before public health.
A middle Georgia site is now on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund list. The listing makes cleaning up the Armstrong World Industries site in Macon site a priority to protect people’s health and the environment.
New federal water regulations could cost the City of Savannah $25 million. City officials say, they'll have to upgrade wastewater facilies when the Environmental Protection Agency finalizes rules on waste in the Savannah River. The city will pass on its costs to water users.
The Georgia Department of Public Health is conducting a survey of people who fish. Health officials say they've found PCB's in some fish in the Ocmulgee River and it's tributaries. Source of contamination could become Superfund site.
Federal environmental officials say, it might be impossible to know just what led to thousands of fish dying in Southeast Georgia's Ogeechee River. The US Environmental Protection Agency released a memo this week saying, a common bacteria caused the kill. But biologists already knew that and river-watchers really want to know what made the fish suceptible to the bacteria.