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.
The President visited Savannah in March to promote a relatively minor part of a massive energy bill. The U.S. Senate has all but killed any possibility of a major energy bill this year. But the Savannah-stumped HomeStar program survives.
Environment Georgia reported that beach closings and advisories due to pollution went up the last year in Georgia, totaling 209 days of closed or under advisory beaches. The numbers are according to the Natural Resource Defense Council's 20th annual beach water quality report.