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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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Congressman Bishop Selected to Serve as Ranking Member of House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture

Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) was selected to serve as Ranking Member for the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies. In this role, Congressman Bishop will serve as the subcommittee’s lead Democrat. The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture has funding jurisdiction over the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Farm Credit Administration, and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

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Groups Challenge Proposed Cumberland Island Development

Cumberland Island threatened by developersConservation groups filed an appeal today of the Camden County Planning Commission’s decision to grant a hardship variance for a proposed development on Cumberland Island.

On behalf of the National Parks Conservation Association and St. Marys EarthKeepers, the Southern Environmental Law Center is challenging the Planning Commission’s approval of the hardship variance requested by Lumar, LLC to subdivide an 87-acre tract into ten lots for private home construction, charging thatLumar’s application fails to meet the standards necessary for granting a hardship variance.

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PSC Approves Billions in Vogtle Expenditures and Cost Overruns With No Review

On December 20, 2016, the Georgia Public Service Commission unanimously approved the Stipulation between the PSC Staff and Georgia Power Company that increases the capital costs of the Vogtle Project for the construction of Units 3 and 4 from $4.418 billion to $5.680 billion, waives $1.552 billion in potential project cost disallowances, significantly reduces the chance that any prudency review of project costs will ever be done in the future and offers few or no protections to consumers all with no review of the Vogtle Unit 3 and 4 costs to date.  The Commission’s decision creates the largest revenue requirement imposed on Georgia Power ratepayers based on the least amount of public review by the Commission in its history.

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