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USDA Extends Grazing Period for Livestock Forage Program

Congressman Sanford Bishop is pleased to share that USDA has extended the end of the 2016 grazing period for the Livestock Forage Program (LFP) from October 31 to December 1, 2016. The grazing period helps determine eligibility for LFP assistance for those farmers impacted by drought. This decision follows a discussion last Friday between Congressman Bishop and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack regarding drought conditions in Southwest and Middle Georgia counties.


Join the Hurricane Recovery Effort at Georgia State Parks

Volunteers needed Saturday at Ft. McAllister and Skidaway Island State Parks

Join the Georgia Conservancy, Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Georgia State Parks for a volunteer Hurricane Recovery Service Project at Ft. McAllister State Park and Skidaway Island State Park this Saturday from 9 AM to 3:30 PM.


Proposed Agreement Would Reward Southern Company for Bungled, Massively Over Budget and 45-Month Delayed Plant Vogtle Reactors

Georgia Power customers would receive little protection or relief

The Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) Staff issued a proposed Stipulation Agreement that fails to protect Georgia Power customers for increased costs associated with the now 45-month delayed, over budget nuclear reactors under construction at Plant Vogtle near Waynesboro along the Savannah River. The estimated capital cost forecast has increased $1.262 billion for Georgia Power’s share of the project to $5.680 billion from the original $4.418 billion. The PSC press statement identified what appear to be only phantom savings to utility ratepayers while granting the Company guarantee of collection of billions of dollars in increased project costs.


Workers at Vogtle nuclear expansion top 25 million safe work hours

6,000+ workers mark safety streak with no lost time accidents since December 2014

Georgia Power announced today a major milestone in the construction of Plant Vogtle Units 3 and 4 – more than 25 million safe work hours (without a lost time accident) have been logged by the more than 6,000 construction workers onsite since December 2014.  The Vogtle expansion is the state's largest job-producing construction project with work taking place around the clock to complete the nation's first new nuclear units in more than 30 years.


Georgia Pipeline Study Committee to Hold First Hearing Thursday

The state of Georgia’s pipeline study committee: the “Joint State Commission on Petroleum Pipelines” will hold its first public hearing on Thursday, October 20 at Armstrong State University Auditorium in Savannah, GA at 10:00 am.

Hearings will allow testimony and comment from the public to facilitate the commission’s task of recommending changes to the state’s process of evaluating petroleum pipelines. Governor Deal appointed the 13-member committee to include 3 state Representatives, 3 state Senators, the director of the Environmental Protection Division of the Department of Natural Resources, the commissioner of community affairs, one member representing the petroleum industry and four members representing a cross-section of the interests of local government, business, agriculture, and conservation.


First class of Vogtle 3 & 4 nuclear operators pass NRC licensing exam

The training simulator at the Vogtle nuclear expansion near Waynesboro. Achievement marks major milestone in transition to operation for new nuclear units

Georgia Power announced the latest milestone in the transition to operation of Plant Vogtle Units 3 and 4 – members of the first training class of nuclear operators have passed the initial licensing exam by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), ensuring that licensed, qualified operators are in place prior to nuclear fuel loading and plantstart up. Once operational, the new units will employ approximately 75 highly trained nuclear operators as part of a permanent workforce of more than 800.


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