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Powell tries again on fee diversion bill at Georgia Legislature

Rep. Jay Powell (R-Camilla) has reintroduced legislation (HB 127) that would prevent the Legislature from diverting fees, such as the $1 per tire that consumers pay to clean up tire dumps, into unrelated areas of the state budget.

Powell introduced a similar bill last year and was able to get it past the House of Representatives, but it floundered in the Senate.


Georgia Southern Turning Old Tires into New Highways

Georgia Southern University associate professor of civil engineering, Junan Shen, Ph.D., has been selected by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) to conduct the second phase of a project to investigate the performance of rubberized asphalt mix for use in road construction in Georgia. The nearly $300,000 research project will examine how “green” material derived from scrap tires will make a viable alternative for use in road construction.


Georgia Power Outlines 20-Year Plan to Meet Electricity Needs

Georgia PowerGeorgia Power outlined its plans to continue to meet the state's electricity needs reliably and affordably in its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), filed today with the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC).

Georgia Power is required to file an IRP every three years, and may also file updates when necessary.  The filing outlines the company's 20-year resource plan, and details how it will meet future customer energy needs in an economical and reliable manner.


Citizens of Central Georgia File Civil Suits Against Plant Scherer

The law firms of Gautreaux & Adams and Napoli Bern Ripka Shkolnik, LLP announced that they have filed civil complaints on behalf of local area residents in the State Court of DeKalb County, State of Georgia, against the owners and operators of the Robert W. Scherer Power Plant (“Plant Scherer”) and the Macon Quarry (“Vulcan Materials”).  The complaints allege that Defendants’ activities have caused the discharge and release of toxic and hazardous substances onto plaintiffs’ persons and property, thereby contaminating plaintiffs’ potable water supply, as well as the air and soil surrounding their homes.


Georgia Power Announces Closure of Power Plants Science Group Identified as Ripe for Retirement

Georgia Power stated that it expects to request approval from the Georgia Public Service Commission to retire 15 coal- and oil-fired generating units totaling 2,061 megawatts—an announcement that reaffirms the recent Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) analysis “Ripe for Retirement: The Case for Closing America’s Costliest Coal Plants,” which showed all of the named coal-fired units should be considered for closure.


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