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In honor of Earth Day, the Georgia Ports Authority unveils nearly 14 acres of newly created wetlands

Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis Foltz unveils a recently created 14 acre wetland during an Earth Day celebration at the Georgia Ports Authority's Garden City Terminal, Tuesday, April, 22, 2014, in Savannah, Ga. (Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B. Morton)  

The 2.5 year, $3.7 million project treats 100 million gallons of water annually and creates natural wildlife habitat in the heart of the nation's fourth busiest container terminal

The Georgia Ports Authority celebrated Earth Day by unveiling nearly 14 acres of recently created wetlands. The 2.5 year, $3.7 million project treats 100 million gallons of water annually and creates natural wildlife habitat in the heart of the nation's fourth busiest container terminal. 


Loan Guarantees for Vogtle reveal credit structure

New Documents Confirm Utility Giant Southern Company Gets Sweetheart Deal from Energy Department for Multi-Billion Nuclear Loan Guarantees for Vogtle Reactors

Georgia Power and partner utility Oglethorpe Power pay nothing for credit subsidy fee, taxpayers instead bear the risks for new reactors in Georgia

As revealed today in an Energy & Environment News story by Hannah Northey, the credit subsidy fee for utility giant Southern Company and its utility partner, Oglethorpe Power, for billions of dollars in taxpayer-backed federal loan guarantees, is nothing, $0. This shocking information was disclosed two months after the Department of Energy (DOE) finalized terms of $6.5 billion worth of loan guarantees that were offered as part of an $8.3 billion package to build two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle in Georgia. A third partner in the project, MEAG, has yet to have their $1.8 billion loan guarantee finalized.


2014 Georgia Junior Duck Stamp Student Art Competition Winners Chosen

Bethany Panhorst, 17, from Savannah Arts Academy, Savannah is the winner of the annual 2014 Georgia Junior Duck Stamp Art Competition held April 8, 2014, in Atlanta, Georgia.  Five judges unanimously selected Bethany's acrylic rendition of a green-winged teal out of 588 total entries as the Georgia Best of Show. 


Eco Building Products Expands Production Acquiring Multiple Coating Lines In Augusta, Georgia

ECOB to Increase Production Volumes to Meet Big Box Demand

Eco Building Products, Inc., (OTCQB: ECOB) announced that the Company has purchased additional automated coating equipment and the use of a facility currently operational in Augusta, Georgia. The newly acquired equipment is fully-functional and complete with automation, enabling the Company to obtain an increased output rate. In addition to the automated line, ECOB will refurbish an existing production line under the provisions of the Company's current quality control program, complete with pre and post-conditioning tunnels producing a higher quality finished product. Moreover, the increased production capacity will allow ECOB to reinforce its current market position in the Northeastern U.S. with respect to panel production to meet increasing big box demands.


Eco Building Products Connects With First Customer In The South And Another Residential Builder In The Northeast

Eco Red Shield™ Buildings in Breezy Point, New York and the New Jersey Shore will be Popping Early April

Eco Building Products, Inc., (OTCQB: ECOB) is excited to announce that, the Company has shipped its first order in the South to Cobblestone Mill Woodworks, Inc. located in Ball Ground, Georgia. Cobblestone previously utilized wood treatment services from a Canadian supplier lacking sufficient quality control measures and technical support, resulting in a newly formed business relationship with ECOB. Additionally, the Company has cultivated a builder relationship in the Northeast by way of John Simmons and AGM for the use of Eco Red Shield protected lumber for an entire house package headed into Breezy Point, New York that starts framing on April 7, 2014.  This Breezy Point builder received building plans specified with Eco Red Shield protected lumber which led to a complete special order purchase from The Home Depot and a follow-on call with ECOB CEO Steve Conboy, in which the builder stated, "He will never again build with raw lumber". AGM Principal, John Simmons, is preparing to release a second whole-house package to ECOB with another four more residential projects in the queue all of which will utilize ECOB's advanced framing lumber. Our team effort between the Company and like-minded builders represents the adoption of this technology via the display of defensive building practices in heavily saturated rebuilding regions including Breezy Pointand the New Jersey Shore, where builders and contractors are looking to build with more than just raw, unprotected lumber.

"As mentioned in recent news, the demand in the Northeast started with one house. Now in early April, there will be red buildings popping in NY and NJ, supported by trucks full of red lumber hitting the road this week setting on the shelf inventory in big box locations all across the region.  Americans are rallying coast to coast, including government and fire officials, while the lumber industry continues to resist change. If we are going to lead the world in residential construction, we need like-minded contractors to stand up in the face of adversity, and make the change to the newest and best American brand of lumber, Eco Red Shield protected lumber," stated Steve Conboy, President/CEO, Eco Building Products, Inc.

Also of relevance, the Company received communication today from a representative with the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety & Health Administration with a link to Tuesday's under-construction apartment complex fire in Houston stating that he and his team are now promoting Eco Red Shield protected lumber products. this massive fire has been reported to have started during welding work on the roof of the building. A recent testimonial from a safety manager on a multi-family jobsite supports Eco's position in the Industry and the use of Eco Red Shield protected lumber products on all jobsites.

I wanted to tell you I witnessed firsthand the effectiveness of the Eco Red Shield fire retardant qualities. As a safety manager for a general contractor, fire prevention on wood frame projects is a major concern. We had a situation where we had to weld a 1-1/4" inch all thread to an I-beam which had been sheeted over with OSB sheeting treated with Eco Red Shield. After a 2-½" hole was drilled in the OSB and hot work procedures were implemented, the welding began. During the arc welding process I noticed very little smoke coming from the OSB. When the welding was completed, the smoke subsided almost instantly. The interior of the OSB board glowed red for a second or two and stopped smoldering shortly thereafter. What an amazing product. I would recommend Eco Red Shield treated materials to anyone involved with a wood frame project.

"Needless to say, these are exciting times for all of us at Eco. We have assembled a hard working team that has created the opportunity for the upcoming spring run showcase of our products in the Sandy rebuild. We have stayed true to our plan despite being attacked by others in the wood treatment space who are obviously threatened by our success.  Our stockholders tell us what the internet message board naysayers are saying about us. At Eco we pay no attention to naysayers we keep our heads down and work hard because we are brick and mortar people that believe our hard work is revolutionizing the lumber industry. One day the naysayers will realize that big box would not be rolling out Eco Red Shield creating shelf space in every store in NY and NJ during their busy spring run season if they did not perform proper due diligence. At Eco we all believe our lumber could be the future and the best lumber the building industry has ever seen," added Conboy.

Georgia Communities Receive Infrastructure Loans Totaling $29 Million

The cities of Danielsville, Griffin, Hinesville, LaFayette, Lavonia, Leesburg, Tybee Island, Walnut Grove, and The Albany Water, Gas & Light Commission were awarded financing totaling $29,096,000 for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) executive committee. One of the loans includes water conservation activities and qualifies for a reduced interest rate.


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