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Georgia Property Rights Under Attack as Promised Eminent Domain Bill Stalls

Georgia’s Senate Bill 191, addressing concerns regarding the construction of petroleum pipelines, on Thursday passed out of the House Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications Committee after having passed the Senate. It now awaits a floor vote by the full House. SB 191 puts in place additional permitting measures and more closely regulates private companies’ use of eminent domain for the construction of petroleum pipelines in Georgia.

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Court Reverses Ruling in Appeal of Pulp Mill Pollution Permit

Rayonier AM to Continue Polluting Altamaha River

A Georgia superior court has ruled that a pulp mill’s visible, foul-smelling pollution of the Altamaha River in southeast Georgia can continue.

Representing Altamaha Riverkeeper, GreenLaw, Stack & Associates and the Southern Environmental Law Center successfully challenged Rayonier Advanced Materials’ pollution discharge permit in state administrative court. The groups charge that the limits on odor and color in the permit granted by the Georgia Environmental Protections Division (EPD) do not go far enough to uphold state water quality standards, particularly in low flow conditions.

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Toshiba-Westinghouse Financial Crisis Casualty: Southern Company’s Georgia Power suspends pursuit of new nuclear reactors in Stewart County Georgia

In the wake of Toshiba’s financial meltdown, Georgia Power discussed at a hearing before the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) the utility’s decision to suspend activities associated with pursuing new nuclear reactors in Stewart County, Georgia along the Chattahoochee River. Georgia Power summarized the decision in a document filed late Tuesday with the Commission. The Japanese tech-mogul Toshiba, which owns Westinghouse and is the designer and builder of the AP1000 nuclear reactor design, announced last month that it was exiting the nuclear construction business due to the massive financial losses suffered because of the much-delayed and over-budget reactors under construction at Southern Company’s Plant Vogtle in Georgia and SCANA’s V.C. Summer nuclear plant in South Carolina.

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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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