Thirty years ago, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Pripyat, Ukraine, became the site of the world’s largest nuclear accident. While humans are now scarce in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, continued studies—including a just-published camera study conducted by researchers from the University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory—validate findings that wildlife populations are abundant at the site.
Company continues transporting coal ash to Homer, Ga. as part of initial work
Duke Energy Carolinas has started the permitting process to safely manage coal ash at the W.S. Lee Station in Belton, S.C., by constructing a fully lined on-site landfill.
Coastal voices have spoken louder than Big Oil’s influence
Today the Obama administration released details of the proposed federal offshore drilling program covering the years 2017 to 2022. An earlier draft of this program initially included leases for offshore oil and gas development off the coast of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. The version released today has removed the Mid- and South Atlantic from consideration.
The Gills Creek Watershed Association of Columbia, SC awarded $30,000 Environmental Justice Small Grant
An Environmental Justice Small Grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been awarded to the Gills Creek Watershed Association. for their project titled: Exposure to mercury through subsistence fishing: Assessment and outreach in underserved communities in Gills Creek Watershed, SC. The Gills Creek Watershed Association is one of 40 non-profit and tribal organizations selected for award of nearly $1.2 million in competitive grants for work to address environmental justice (EJ) issues nationwide.
S.C. utility Santee Cooper reports that it has removed one-third of the coal ash from its Grainger coal ash pits in Conway, S.C., on the banks of the Waccamaw River. The coal ash is being removed under a settlement between clients represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center – the Waccamaw Riverkeeper, the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League, and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy – and Santee Cooper. That settlement was entered into in November of 2013, following a year and a half of litigation.
While the rapid emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria has prompted the medical community, non-profit organizations, public health officials and the national media to educate the public to the dangers of misusing and overusing antibiotics, the University of Georgia’s J. Vaun McArthur is concerned that there’s more to the problem than the misuse of common medications.