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New coal ash regulations on the way?

Coal-fired power plants produce a dangerous waste product: coal ash. Two Georgia legislators are poised to introduce bills to limit how this waste product — often full of heavy metals and other contaminants — can be disposed of.

Coal ash is ugly stuff. Right now, Duke Energy is trying to settle a lawsuit with residents in North Carolina who are concerned their well water will be contaminated by nearby unlined coal ash pits.

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Solarize Programs a Huge Win for Residential Solar in Georgia

With far fewer enrollees, about 3,000, and almost during the same amount of time, Solarize programs have proven a true success for the citizens of Georgia interested in residential solar.Last summer in a Green Tech Media article, Georgia Power received a disturbing headline. The headline was Georgia Power’s Rooftop Solar Program Signs Up Only 5 Customers. The implication was there was no solar market in Georgia for residential sign-ups. After all, the article reported that there were over 10,000 inquiries but only 5 customers who had actually signed up and gotten a solar installation. What was wrong with Georgia citizens?

The article went on further to explain that solar was really only a utility scale play.

Well, solar advocates and installers have one thing to say, Au contraire! (Translation: To the Contrary.) Four Solarize programs in Georgia have installed over 200 residential solar rooftops. This proves that the interest in residential solar implementation is about education, outreach and policy and not a form filled out on a website. With far fewer enrollees, about 3,000, and almost during the same amount of time, Solarize programs have proven a model for true success for the citizens of Georgia interested in residential solar.

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National Chicken Council Applauds Former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue’s Nomination for USDA Secretary

Governor Sonny Perdue to head USDANational Chicken Council President Mike Brown applauded the nomination of former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to head the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“Governor Perdue has a strong record as a two-term chief executive of Georgia and is acquainted with a wide array of agriculture commodities, from chicken and peanuts to cotton and timber.

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