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Toxic Ash Dumping to remain secret; Georgia House Committee fails to vote on bills requiring community notification

This week the Georgia House Natural Resources and Environment committee declined to pass legislation that would notify residents when toxic pollutants are being dumped into nearby rivers, lakes, and landfills.

Concerned property owners have been calling on legislators to protect their properties and their communities from coal ash pollution.  Coal ash is the waste left over from burning coal.  Residents are concerned that polluted water from coal ash could affect their property values and their families’ health.

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Georgia Solar Industry, Advocates Rebuke Proposal to Undermine Commission Authority

House bill would create rubber stamp agency for Georgia utilities

Georgia solar industry representatives and clean energy advocates spoke out Monday against H.B. 479, a bill that seeks to remove the Georgia Public Service Commission’s authority to regulate Georgia Power Company’s future plans to invest in different types of new power, such as nuclear and solar energy. The bill, filed by Representative Don Parsons, would prohibit the PSC from making recommendations or changes to Georgia Power’s long-term Integrated Resource Plans, which the utility currently files with the Commission for approval every three years.

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Georgia Organics Celebrates 20 Years of Growth

The occasion also shone the spotlight on recent graduates of the Journeyman Farmer Certificate Program and two deeply inspiring keynote speakers from Georgia, Matthew Raiford and Barbara Brown Taylor. Over 1,000 attendees joined Georgia Organics to celebrate 20 years of incredible growth in the good food movement and honor three of the foremost leaders at the 20th Anniversary Georgia Organics Conference, Rashid Nuri, and Tony and Linda Scharko.

The occasion also shone the spotlight on recent graduates of the Journeyman Farmer Certificate Program and two deeply inspiring keynote speakers from Georgia, Matthew Raiford and Barbara Brown Taylor.

In 1997, Rashid Nuri of Truly Living Well and Scharko Family Farm were forging a path many would follow. There weren’t any farm to school programs, Certified Organic farms, and barely any farmers markets in the state. In fact, Nuri’s work wasn’t legally recognized when he first broke ground within city limits.

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Journeyman Farmer Graduates Honored at 20th Anniversary Georgia Organics Conference

Georgia Organics Journeymen Farmers 2017 - Alice Rolls, Julie Best, Azalea Moss, Lonnie Edenfield, and Martine OlsenOver 1,000 attendees joined Georgia Organics to celebrate 20 years of incredible growth in the good food movement and honor four graduates from last year’s Journeyman Farmer Certificate Program.

Led by the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension with support from partners across the state, Georgia Organics and UGA Extension helped to provide comprehensive training for beginning farmers designed to reduce the barriers young and beginning farmers face when trying to grow new agricultural businesses from the ground up.

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Georgians to Rally March 1 at State Capitol for Honesty in Government; Giant Tire Sculpture to Shine Spotlight on Legislative Looting of Trust Funds

Giant Tire Sculpture to Shine Spotlight on Legislative Looting of Trust FundsEach year, Georgians pay millions in fees to their state government to support specific program—from environmental cleanups to teen driver education—and each year, legislators loot these funds to pay for unrelated portions of the state budget.

On March 1 at Liberty Plaza adjacent to the state capitol, citizens from across the state will gather for the Georgians For Trust Fund Honesty rally to tell legislators to stop the looting and restore the trust in our state’s trust funds.

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State-of-the-Art solar research facility completed at the University of Georgia

Radiance Solar selected to design and build this cutting-edge solar facility in Athens, GA

Radiance Solar announces the completion of a grid-tied, state-of-the-art 1.25-megawatt (dc) solar research project designed for studying solar panel performance. The installation is located on a 10-acre site leased to project owner Georgia Power by the University of Georgia. The renewable energy credits resulting from operation of the facility will be owned by the University of Georgia. 

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