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Clean Water Act Turns 40 – Progress Made, More Needed

October 18, 2012, marks the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, a landmark environmental law. The Clean Water Act was enacted after years of citizen outrage about massive and persistent water pollution across the country. Ohio’s Cuyahoga River was so polluted it even repeatedly caught on fire. Jennette Gayer, Policy Advocate with Environment Georgia issued the following statement:

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MAGE SOLAR debuts at WEEC in Atlanta with industry-leading product and service portfolio

The Georgia based turn-key solar PV solution provider exhibits at World Energy Engineering Congress from October 31 to November 1; Visitors can win free MAGE SOLAR ACADEMY class

MAGE SOLAR, the complete PV product and service provider will present its leading product and service portfolio for the first time at WEEC, the World Energy Engineering Congress, in Atlanta. From October 31 to November 1, visitors can learn firsthand at Booth 942 about the company’s top-performing MAGE POWERTEC PLUS modules, its innovative mounting solutions, sensible financing options, and MAGE SOLAR ACADEMY, a premier training arena for solar professionals.

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GreenLaw Celebrates 20 Years at Annual Environmental Heroes Celebration

Environmental nonprofit honors Congressman John Lewis, Justine Thompson and NewFields

On Friday, October 19, GreenLaw, a nonprofit providing free high-quality legal and technical assistance to environmental organizations and community groups throughout Georgia, celebrated its 20th anniversary at the annual Environmental Heroes Celebration. Hosted on the rooftop terrace of Nelson, Mullins, Riley and Scarborough in Midtown Atlanta, GreenLaw honored Congressman John Lewis, Justine Thompson and NewFields with prestigious awards for their commitment to Georgia’s environmental community.

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Georgia tops charts for high natural gas prices –– good for utilities bad for consumers

Georgia has finally made it to the top ranking of a list –– too bad it’s for such an costly reason. In recent months Georgia has had the most expensive prices for residential natural gas in the continental U.S.

When incumbent Public Service Commissioner Chuck Eaton first ran for office in 2006, he made his campaign cornerstone about the price of natural gas in Georgia. At the time, residential prices were 25 percent higher than the national average –– something Eaton publicly criticized the former commissioner David Burgess for.

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Georgia Organization Wins National Environmental Award

Reef Ball Foundation wins 2012 National Environmental Prize

The Reef Ball Foundation whose mission is to preserve and restore our ocean ecosystems was named 2012 National Environmental Protection Prize Winner by the Classy Awards. "We are thrilled to announce that The Reef Ball Foundation has been recognized with a CLASSY Award,” says Scot Chisholm, CEO of StayClassy. “The work they’ve done in the world of marine conservation is truly inspiring, and we are honored and humbled to celebrate their dynamic achievements with this award.” The Classy Awards is the largest philanthropic awards ceremony in the country, celebrating the greatest charitable achievements by non-profit organizations, socially conscious businesses, and individuals worldwide. In 2011, nearly 2,000 organizations and volunteers were nominated for a Classy Award, and their collective efforts impacted the lives of more than 200,000,00 people in 71 countries worldwide.

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Loggerhead Sea Turtle Nesting Going Up in Georgia!

It’s official: Loggerhead sea turtle nesting is on the rise in Georgia.

Nest counts for these turtles federally listed as threatened fluctuate from summer to summer. But new analysis by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources shows that a string of higher totals in recent years is not an anomaly, according to Mark Dodd, DNR Sea Turtle Program Coordinator.

“For the first time since we started comprehensive nest surveys in 1989 … we have a statistically significant increasing trend in nesting,” Dodd said.

The wildlife biologist with DNR’s Nongame Conservation Section relayed the good news during a Georgia Sea Turtle Cooperative meeting in Brunswick Wednesday. Coordinated by DNR, the cooperative is made up of volunteers, researchers and agency employees who patrol barrier island beaches daily during the sea turtle nesting season, conducting nest protection and management.

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