Conservation groups are suing to stop Savannah harbor deepening. The Savannah Riverkeeper, the Southern Environmental Law Center and other groups are challenging a South Carolina agency’s approval of a permit for the dredging of the Savannah River.
More than a dozen Georgia roadless areas are expected to get new protections. A federal judge has upheld a Clinton-era ban on new roads on federal land. The ruling affects more than a dozen areas in North Georgia's Chattahoochee National Forest. The decision clears the way for the Obama administration to start enforcing the so-called "roadless rule."
Federal officials want to manage national forests with climate change in mind. That's one of the many goals of a proposed massive overhaul of the way the National Forest Service manages public land. It's the first major change in forest management practices in almost 30 years.
Georgia officials are worried about a potential monkey wrench in the Savannah harbor deepening project. South Carolina environmental officials say, they won't certify that the project meets their state's water quality standards until after a year-long review. Scientists have been studying the issue for 11 years and Georgia officials want the harbor deepened as soon as possible.
A judge has rejected two water permits issued by Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division for a proposed coal fired power plant in Washington County. Administrative Law Judge Ronit Walker says one permit didn’t follow correct guidelines for interbasin transfers--the act of moving water from one river basin to another.