People from all over the country gathered in downtown Atlanta to give public comments at hearings that could have a huge impact on the EPA’s new Clean Power Plan. The Environmental Protection Agency released the plan last month, which calls for a 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030. Under the plan, the EPA will set individual state-by-state carbon emissions goals. Opponents of the plan say it will hurt the economy and punishes energy industry workers.
An estimated 400 people will officially weigh in on the EPA’s proposed “Clean Power Plan” in Atlanta over the next two days. But even more people will make their voices heard in an unofficial capacity. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the proposal last month. It’s designed to cut down on carbon pollution from power plants by 30 percent by 2030. Under the plan, the EPA would determine individual rates by which each state must reduce its carbon emissions. The policy would give states flexibility to manage their own carbon pollution reduction plans either on their own or by joining multi-state partnerships. The plan, however, is far from final.
A new report ranks the Savannah River third in the country for the amount of toxic discharge released into its water. More than 5 million pounds of waste were discharged into the river in 2010, according to the report from Environment Georgia. Tonya Bonitatibus of Savannah Riverkeeper says officials have been working on a pollution reduction plan for several years. But she says little has changed in the meantime. “What we’ve got on this river is we’ve still got a large amount of pollution going in, we’ve got permits that expired five, six years ago, and it’s the status quo.”
Mark Goolsby’s family has called Juliette, GA home for almost 200 years. He doesn’t live in the white two story family home on Luther Smith Road, and probably never will, but his 80 year old mother still does. “My mother doesn’t want to leave this place. She’s been here 62 years after she married my dad. She doesn’t want to relocate,” Goolsby said. It’s what’s nearby that gets Goolsby talking relocation. The ash pond for Georgia Power’s coal fired Plant Scherer is just through the treeline across the road. Mark Goolsby believes the plant is what has made his mother sick for years and is what caused the liver cancer that killed his father.
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.
Two subsidiaries of an international chemical company have agreed to pay more than $800,000 in two settlements for violations of federal chemical and pesticide laws. The Environmental Protection Agency announced it reached a settlement Thursday with Kemira Chemicals and Kemira Water Solutions
The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Appalachian Voices, the Southern Environmental Law Center and the North Carolina Conservation Network have launched a new website about coal ash impoundments. The online tool comes four years after the failure of a massive coal ash dam in Kingston,Tennessee.