Georgia's leaders are considering rolling back some of the pollution rules governing hog farms. Members of the Board of Natural Resources will discuss a plan Monday that would allow hog farms to grow from 7,500 pigs weighing 55 pounds or more to 12,500 pigs before they would be subject to stricter environmental rules.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is proposing to create a new law enforcement division, separating it from its Wildlife Resources division. The board is expected to consider the plan during its June 25 meeting at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro. The public has a chance to comment on the proposed change for the next few weeks.
An outgoing member of Georgia's Department of Natural Resources board is taking aim at Governor Nathan Deal. Deal chose not to re-appoint Newnan insurance agent Warren Budd to another term on the board overseeing environmental protection. Budd says, insiders told him it's because he's in synch with environmental groups on some issues.
The board voted 11-6 on Tuesday to approve acquiring land it now leases in Houston County from Oaky Woods Properties LLC. Several board members objected to the cost of the deal. Biologists estimate that the land supports roughly 300 black bears, the third-largest population in the state.