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.
Neighbors of a coal-fired power plant in Monroe County are suing the plant’s owners, Georgia Power and Southern Company. People who live near Plant Scherer have for years complained of ailments consistent with exposure to heavy metals found in coal.
The state Department of Health is encouraging Monroe County residents to fill out a health survey related to higher-than-normal levels of uranium and radon in the area, but the results may not be what neighbors concerned about toxins documented near the Plant Scherer coal-fired power plant in Juliette are hoping for.