Georgia road-builders could start using a paving material made of coal ash from electric plants if a Southeast Georgia test project goes the way one utility wants. The Jacksonville energy company JEA is paving a private dirt road along the St. Mary's River in Georgia's Charlton County. Environmentalists say they can't think of a worse place to test a material that comes from coal and oil byproduct.
An Environmental Integrity Project report added 20 sites to the group's list of almost 140 in the nation where its tests show that coal ash appears to have contaminated groundwater or soil to unsafe levels. That includes one site in Georgia.