More than half the water in Georgia is used to make electricity. From nuclear to hydro-power, just about every river in the state has some kind of power plant on its banks. But as Georgia’s population and energy needs grow, there are concerns about the health of rivers, especially in times of drought.
Georgia Power says it will be shuttering three power plants for economic reasons. Two coal fired units at Plant Branch in Milledgeville will close in 2013. That’s a result of federal regulation tightening air pollution controls. The company has said it’s too costly to upgrade those units.
The Georgia Board of Natural Resources voted Wednesday morning to let Georgia Power delay putting pollution controls on some units at its coal-fired power plant in Milledgeville. State environmental regulators support the delay but environmental groups say that means more toxic emissions in the air.