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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.

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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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Georgia Has 17 Top Organizations Named in the James Beard Foundation and Food Tank’s Just Released New 2016 Good Food Org Guide

The third annual Good Food Org Guide identifies and celebrates 1,000 U.S.-based groups including 17 from Georgia who are cultivating a better food system.

The James Beard Foundation (www.jamesbeard.org) and Food Tank (www.foodtank.com), along with a prestigious advisory group of more than 70 food system experts, developed the third annual Good Food Org Guide featuring 1000 food related organizations across the United States. 17 initiatives from Georgia were chosen including: Athens Land Trust, Healthy Savannah, Food Well Alliance, Open Hand Atlanta Inc., Atlanta Community Food Bank, Collective Harvest Athens, Georgia Food Oasis, Georgia Organics, Atlanta Harvest, Atlanta Local Food Initiative, The Georgia Sustainable Agriculture Consortium, The Georgia Young Farmers Association, The Savannah Food Co-Op, Truly Living Well, UGArden, Augusta Locally Grown, and Massive Experience.

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Carrier Introduces Expanded Lineup of VRF Products

To meet a wide array of building needs and provide customers greater flexibility in new construction and renovation projects, the Carrier variable refrigerant flow (VRF) division is pleased to announce its vastly expanded lineup of VRF solutions.  As part of the expanded offerings, both three-pipe and two-pipe heat recovery and heat pump systems will be available for its commercial customers. Carrier, a world leader in high-technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions, is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp.

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Georgia River Network’s Fall Float on the Flint Launches Saturday in Newton

Georgia River Network’s Fall Float on the Flint  Launches Saturday in Newton120 Paddlers To Participate In Three-Day, 56-Mile Journey

Around 120 paddlers from across Georgia and the Southeast will embark this Saturday on the Flint River near Albany for a three-day, 56-mile journey to Bainbridge.

Fall Float on the Flint will include daily paddle trips averaging about 17 miles, and each night participants will camp at Rocky Bend Flint River Retreat in Newton as they make their way down what many consider the most beautiful section of the 350-mile-long Flint. The event, which runs from Oct. 7-10, is organized by Georgia River Network (GRN) and Flint Riverkeeper.

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Conservation Groups Win Challenge Forcing Rayonier Compliance with Georgia Water Quality Standards

Color, Odor Limits in Rayonier Pollution Discharge Permit Fall Short

GreenLaw, representing Altamaha Riverkeeper along with Stack & Associates and the Southern Environmental Law Center have won their petition challenging the pollution discharge permit recently granted to Rayonier Performance Fibers LLC (Rayonier), claiming that the permit’s limits on odor, color and turbidity do not go far enough to uphold state water quality standards.

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