An Obama administration plan to allow energy companies to search for oil off the Atlantic coast is drawing sharp criticism from advocates for marine life. At a rally in downtown Savannah Tuesday a coalition of environmental groups said, the proposal known as seismic air gun testing could destroy endangered right whales and sea turtles.
The Olin chemical company announced last week it will phase out the use of mercury at its Augusta plant. This is troubling to environmentalists who worry about what will happen to the unused mercury once the switch is made.
As the 111th Congress draws to a close a bill that would have ended the use of mercury in manufacturing will likely die. It means a chemical plant near Augusta can continue using the cancer-causing material indefinitely.