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Regulators Unanimously Approve Clean, Affordable Wind Power for Georgia Power Customers
Today, members of the Public Service Commission voted unanimously to approve contracts to bring clean, affordable wind power to Georgia Power customers. Starting in 2016, the two contracts will import 250 megawatts (MW) of wind power from Oklahoma, enough to power more than 50,000 Georgia homes. GreenLaw, on behalf of the Sierra Club, intervened in the proceeding where Georgia Power asked the Public Service Commission (PSC) for approval of these contracts. More than one thousand Georgia Sierra Club members have taken action in support of the wind contracts.
County must end spit debate
If I were a county commissioner, I would be furious regarding the proposed development of the Sea Island Spit. This proposal is based on abundant misinformation, illegalities and deceit. The area to now be developed was not in the text or even on the map of the original rezoning in 2004. This development is illegal on several grounds, including violating the county's own setback lines, which the county attorney knows-if he's worth his salt-and should so advise them. To be asked to agree to sell land that will be under water in a few years is morally inexcusable.
Two Shareholder Resolutions Call on Rayonier to Improve Governance and Disclose Environmental Impacts on the Altamaha River
Investor Voice, a social purpose corporation that monitors and analyzes the financial and social implications of the policies and practices of companies, has sponsored two resolutions on behalf of shareholders of Rayonier, Inc. (“Rayonier”) for consideration and action at the annual meeting in May.

The first resolution calls upon the Board of Directors to provide a report to shareholders on how Rayonier manages risks and costs related to effluent discharge at its Jesup, Georgia specialty fiber mill, including the long-term environmental damage to the Altamaha River and the viability of using existing technologies to improve the discharge quality.
House committee approves bill establishing set acreage for future development on Jekyll Island
By Walter C. Jones
A House subcommittee quickly approved a bill Tuesday that would establish a set number of acres remaining for development on Jekyll Island, settling nearly four decades of dispute.
Georgia Power Rate Hike Approved, Costing Average Customer $100 a Year by 2016
The Georgia Public Service Commission unanimously approved a settlement Tuesday that will increase Georgia Power’s rates by about a $100 a year for the average residential customer by 2016.
Altamaha Riverkeeper Warns Rayonier It Will Sue Over Polluted Discharges at Jesup Mill
The Altamaha Riverkeeper has given Jacksonville-based Rayonier a 60-day notice that it plans to sue the company over its continued discharge of “dark, chemical-laden water” into the river at its Jesup, Ga., plant.
Altamaha Riverkeeper to Sue Rayonier, Claims Violations of Clean Water Act
The Altamaha Riverkeeper says it gave notice today to Rayonier of its plans to sue the company for violations of the Federal Clean Water Act and the Georgia Water Quality Control Act. The Riverkeeper says the violations relate to ongoing effluent discharges into the Altamaha River from the Rayonier Performance Fibers plant in Jesup.
Rayonier Pollution Stains Georgia’s Largest River, Prompts Legal Action
The Altamaha Riverkeeper (ARK) today gave notice to Rayonier, Inc. of its intent to file suit against the company for violations of the Federal Clean Water Act and the Georgia Water Quality Control Act. The violations relate to ongoing effluent discharges into the Altamaha River from the Rayonier Performance Fibers plant located in Jesup, Georgia.
FRONT PAGE: Divide Remains Over Response to Fish Kill
A thorough editorial that made the front page of the Sunday Atlanta Journal Constitution. The article discusses the long term effects of the Ogeechee fish kill on Georgia citizens, what environmentalists think about the Georgia EPD and the balancing act of economic development and environmental protection in the state.
GreenLaw Goes Green
The aptly-named GreenLaw Inc. is a nonprofit law firm dedicated to fighting for the health of Georgia's environment. Launched in 1992 and headquartered in Atlanta, the firm runs both the Georgia Clean Air Project and the Clean Water Act Enforcement Project, and recently launched the Metro Atlanta Environmental Justice Project to advocate for minority and low-income communities that are disproportionately affected by pollution.
Georgia Water Coalition Names 2013 “Dirty Dozen”
Georgia’s leading water protection group named its “Dirty Dozen” for 2013, highlighting 12 of the worst offenses to Georgia’s waters. The annual Dirty Dozen report shines a spotlight on state policies and failures that ultimately harm Georgia property owners, downstream communities, fish and wildlife, hunters and anglers, and boaters and swimmers.
BLOG Profiles In Environmentalistm: GreenLaw
Environmental protection is a responsibility that is usually reserved to state departments and federal agencies. But as we all know, the government doesn’t always meet the expectations of its citizens. In the realm of environmental law, government agencies often lack the necessary resources to enforce pollution controls and other environmental policies. And the companies that would be most affected by these laws employ huge armies of lawyers to further reduce their legal obligations.
VIDEO: Who Are We and What Do We Do?
GreenLaw is dedicated to giving Georgia's environment its day in court. Learn about what we believe in and how we ensure that the laws on the books are followed. We're not afraid to stand up for Georgia's unique natural spaces, one case at a time.
Jekyll Island Lawsuit Can End Legal Tool
One legal tool used by advocates for the environment, prisoners and other activist groups could disappear depending on the outcome of a case the Georgia Supreme Court heard Monday. The seven justices on the state’s highest court are considering whether anyone can sue the government to make it stop breaking its own laws.
Rincon Power Plant's Use of Water Scrutinized
Power generation can use a lot of water. Case in point is Rincon’s Plant McIntosh, which is renewing its state permit to withdraw up to 130 million gallons a day from the Savannah River.
Conservationists Bristle at New Jekyll Development Plans
The Jekyll Island Authority agreed Monday to set aside about 66 acres for future development, 46 of which would be restricted to use for health, public safety and recreation. The new numbers will go into a draft of the island’s new master plan and would be the first step in establishing the first firm acreage — 1,675.8 acres in this case — that could be developed on the state-owned barrier island.
Stephanie Stuckey Benfield Highlighted in UGA Law Alumni Newsletter
University of Georgia Law's Alumni August 2013 Newsletter spotlights Stephanie Stuckey Benfield's background and experiences, following her path from UGA law school student to state representative, and ultimately, Executive Director of GreenLaw.
GreenLaw's Stephanie Benfield Joins EarthShare of Georgia's Board
July 24, 2013 - As campaign season approaches, EarthShare of Georgia welcomes seven new board members with a wealth of knowledge and experience to their Board of Directors.
Jekyll Island Board May Ask Legislators to Set Firm Acreage Limit on Development
Jekyll Island’s governing board may ask for legislation setting a firm acreage for development on the state-owned island, which could end disputes over the so-called 65-35 rule.
Jekyll Officials Consider Development Parameters
Jekyll Island Authority Board officials say they may ask for legislation to set a firm acreage for development. Board officials said Monday that they're looking to end a dispute over a decades old law that restricts development of hotels, golf courses and other amenities to just 35 percent of the barrier island's land area above the mean high tide.
Ga. Implements Sped-Up Environmental Permits
Environmental regulators in Georgia have started implementing a law requiring that they allow people to pay a fee to get a faster decision on permits.
Attorney General's Opinion Fails to Quiet Debate on Jekyll Island Growth
The Jekyll Island Authority must continue to include marsh above the mean high tide in calculating the land on the state park that could be developed, Attorney General Sam Olens said in an opinion released Thursday.
In Southern U.S., Energy Equity Seen as Path to Sustainability
Advocates of the concept of "energy equity" have begun employing it in the southern United States to create a diverse coalition of citizens who might otherwise approach energy policy issues differently.
Washington County NAACP Chapter Against Coal-Fired Power Plant
Nearly two dozen Washington County residents came out Thursday to get more information about a proposed coal-fired power plant.
Energy Equity in Atlanta: A place at the table, not on the menu
In organizing circles it’s often said that if you’re not at the decision-making table, watch out — you may be on the menu. At June 10th’s Equity Matters Forum on Energy Equity, the many tables were full of folks from all over the city, who brought their diverse perspectives on economic, racial, gender, and other aspects of equity to form a vision for equitable inclusion in energy decisions.


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