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Carbon Safeguards Will Help Georgians Breathe Cleaner Air
The good news is that on June 2, 2014, the EPA will issue new carbon safeguards to begin limiting the carbon pollution released from the country’s existing coal-burning power plants.
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.
Coastal Advisory Council sending letter to DNR board urging restoration of marsh buffer
At its regular quarterly meeting on May 7, the Coastal Advisory Council (CAC) voted unanimously to support restoring the recently revoked coastal marsh buffer by sending a letter to the state Board of Natural Resources, urging corrective action as soon as possible. The state board oversees Georgia‘s Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which is responsible for regulating and protecting the state’s water, air, wildlife, and natural environment.
Thousands File Letters Opposing Proposed Polluter
ATLANTA, GA - More than 3,000 Georgians filed comments in opposition to a request to extend air quality permit deadlines for the proposed Plant Washington coal-burning power plant, to be located in Sandersville, Georgia. Environmental and public health advocates, members of the Georgians for Smart Energy coalition, have filed comments with state regulators showing that developers of the proposed project have not proven that pollution from the plant would stay within federal Clean Air Act safeguards, or avoid harmful impacts on Georgia’s air quality.
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.
Georgia Power Must Clean Up Dangerous Coal Dust at Five Power Plants
Environmental and public health advocates won a clean air victory today when the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ruled that state regulators allowed Georgia Power Company to operate outside the bounds of the Clean Air Act and will now need to reduce toxic coal dust pollution and provide a plan to meet the standards of the Clean Air Act at five coal-fired power plants in Georgia, including Plant Scherer in Juliette, the state’s largest coal plant.
Press Statement: Marshland protections abolished
“The Georgia Environmental Protection Division will no longer protect hundreds of miles and thousands of acres of invaluable salt marsh along Georgia’s entire coast. Today, the EPD Director announced that the division is reversing a decades-long rule that requires a protective 25-foot buffer between the marsh and development. Georgia’s 300,000 acres of marsh are the envy of the world. No longer. The abolition of similar protections in South Carolina were devastating to South Carolina’s coast. Georgia’s Golden Isles are about to become the Concrete Isles – all in the name of monied over-development.” said Steve Caley, GreenLaw’s Coastal Protection Attorney.
Lawsuit: Factory pollutes Altamaha River
An environmental group is suing Rayonier Inc., alleging that its factory in southeast Georgia is discharging millions of gallons of waste that darken the Altamaha River and make it smell miles downstream.
Regulators and Utility Customers Agree: Wind Energy Right Choice for Georgia
Today, dozens of Sierra Club members, clean energy supporters and Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) staff testified in favor of bringing new clean, affordable wind energy to Georgia consumers. Georgia Power, the state’s largest electricity provider, is asking the Public Service Commission to approve two contracts to import 250 megawatts (MW) of wind power, enough to power more than 60,000 Georgia homes, from wind farms in Oklahoma. In written testimony, Public Service Commission staff indicated that Georgia Power customers could save even more money on electricity bills if the company signed additional contracts for affordable wind power.
Pierre Howard: Sea Island's owners must be stopped
It is pretty clear that the current, out-of-state owners of Sea Island are using the tactic of Admiral Farragut who famously said, “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead,” as they push their plan to cram eight mega-mansions on the fragile south end of the island, known as “The Spit.”
Brunswick News - Letters to the Editor - March 28, 2014
After a standing room only information forum held on St. Simons Island on March 24, 2014, the citizens of Glynn County made themselves heard loud and clear through the Letters to the Editor section of the Brunswick News that they are unhappy with the current development proposal for the "Spit" on the southern tip of Sea Island. Below are the letters that made it into the Brunswick News.
Altamaha Riverkeeper Sues Rayonier for Violations of Clean Water Act: Foul-smelling Effluent Has Been Discharged into River for Decades
The Altamaha Riverkeeper (ARK) today filed suit against Rayonier Inc. and Rayonier Performance Fibers LLC (“Rayonier”), charging that the discharge into the Altamaha River from the company’s Jesup-based pulp mill is violating clean water standards. The dark and foul-smelling effluent is discharged at rates of up to 60 million gallons per day into the river rendering fish inedible for many miles downstream and is clearly visible at the river surface and from the air. Google Earth shows it changing the river color to an unnatural dark brown for miles running downstream from the mill towards the Atlantic Ocean.
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.
Altamaha Riverkeeper Hires New Riverkeeper/CEO and Coastkeeper
To enhance protection of the largest free-flowing river on the east coast, the Altamaha Riverkeeper (ARK) welcomes both a new CEO/Riverkeeper and a Coastkeeper.

The ARK board of directors is proud to announce new ARK staff members, Brian Lucy and Jenifer Hilburn.
Media Advisory - "Save the Spit" Information Forum to be held on March 24
Get Information Forum Details here.
Georgia Power Asks Regulators to Approve Clean, Affordable Wind Power for Customers
March 13, 2014 (ATLANTA) – Today, Georgia Power executives argued in favor of bringing new clean, cheap wind energy to Georgia consumers at the state Public Service Commission (PSC). Georgia Power is asking the Commission to approve two contracts to import 250 megawatts (MW) of wind power, enough to power more than 50,000 Georgia homes. If the PSC votes to approve the contracts, wind will power Georgia homes and businesses for the first time starting in 2016.
Environmental groups use multiple tactics on bills they like or oppose
By WALTER C. JONES, Savannah Morning News
Activists participating in Conservation Day at the Capitol came to praise one bill to create an emergency-response team for hazardous spills and to oppose another that would store water underground until needed during droughts.
Southern Environmental Law Center Joins GreenLaw and Stack & Associates to Clean Up Altamaha River
The Southern Environmental Law Center has joined GreenLaw and the Atlanta-based law firm Stack & Associates to represent the Altamaha Riverkeeper in its efforts to stop pollution of the Altamaha River, caused by ongoing effluent discharges from the Rayonier Performance Fibers plant in Jesup, Georgia.
EPA Carbon Pollution Limits for New Power Plants Workable, Popular and Would Address Climate Change
The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed limits on carbon pollution from future power plants are realistic, would deliver real results and have attracted broad support nationwide, experts at the Natural Resources Defense Council will say today in a public hearing.
Free-market Republicans, except when they aren't
By Kyle Wingfield,

Two highly regulated quasi-monopolies. Two new business models offering the kind of competition consumers want. Two very different responses from Georgia lawmakers.
GreenLaw Attorney Honors 20 Years of Environmental Justice in U.S.
Febraury 11, 2014 – ATLANTA – MaKara Rumley, Environmental Justice Attorney for GreenLaw, attended the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) meeting in Denver this week that featured a recognition of the 20th Anniversary of Executive Order 12898. This landmark order, signed by President Clinton, was the first major federal action on environmental justice (EJ) in America. It required that all federal agencies “make achieving environmental justice part of its mission by identifying and addressing ... disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects of its programs, policies, and activities on minority populations and low-income populations.”
Healthy rivers make healthy marshes, says Sapelo Island research
by James E. Hataway -
The health of salt marshes on the Georgia coast depends on the amount of water flowing through the state's rivers, according to a new study from the Georgia Coastal Ecosystems Long-Term Ecological Research program, which operates out of the University of Georgia Marine Institute on Sapelo Island.
"Save the Spit" Campaign launched to protect Sea Island's fragile spit
GreenLaw is launching the “Save the Spit” campaign to fight overdevelopment on Sea Island. The Save the Spit campaign is a collaborative social media campaign that will build public consensus and awareness about the issues concerning the latest plan by Sea Island Acquisitions to overdevelop Sea Island.
Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership (IGEL) Class 2014
The Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership (IGEL) is pleased to announce MaKara Rumley of GreenLaw as one of thirty-five outstanding Georgians who will participate in IGEL Class of 2014. IGEL is a not-for-profit (501c 3) organization governed by a board of directors which represents different regions and sectors of influence throughout the state. IGEL has partnered with the Center for Ethics and Corporate Responsibility at Georgia State University to develop and run the curriculum and leadership components.


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