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Georgia Communities Receive Infrastructure Loans Totaling $13 Million

Loan Commitments Include Energy and Water Conservation Projects

Eight Georgia communities were awarded financing totaling $12,964,210 for water, sewer, solid waste and wastewater infrastructure improvements by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) board of directors.

The communities include the cities of Chatsworth, Dawsonville, Dublin, Glennville and Jefferson, Bartow and DeKalb Counties, and the Etowah Water & Sewer Authority (WSA).

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Georgia Has Nine Top Organizations Named in the James Beard Foundation and Food Tank’s Just Released New 2014 Good Food Org Guide

Good Food Org GuideThe first annual Good Food Org Guide identifies and celebrates more than four hundred U.S.-based groups including nine from Georgia who are cultivating a better food system

The James Beard Foundation and Food Tank, along with a prestigious advisory group of food system experts, developed the first annual “Good Food Org Guide.” Nine organizations from Georgia were chosen including: The Atlanta Community Food Bank, Georgia Coalition for Physical Activity and Nutrition, The Georgia Food Oasis, Georgia Organics, The Georgia Sustainable Agriculture Consortium, The Georgia Young Farmers Association, The Savannah Food Co-Op, Truly Living Well, and Well FED Savannah.

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Stion, Inman Solar, and Washington Gas Energy Systems Partner to Provide Low Cost, Clean Solar Energy in Georgia

StionStion, a leading U.S.-based manufacturer of high efficiency thin-film solar modules and provider of photovoltaic solar solutions, announced today that it has completed supply of 3MW DC of solar modules to Inman Solar for projects around the state of Georgia.

Over the past three months, Stion and Inman Solar have partnered on three 1 MW solar projects in Ga. The partnership stemmed from Washington Gas Energy Systems’ mission to use high-quality products from an American company with an experienced project developer like Inman Solar.

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2014's Worst Offenses Against Georgia's Water

Georgia Dolphins at risk from toxic site near Brunswick, Georgia Image phys.orgTurtle River Toxic Legacy Poisons Dolphins, Drinking Water

The “Marshes of Glynn,” and the Golden Isles of Georgia are the vacation destination for millions, but tucked in those marshes near Brunswick is a toxic site riddled with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), caustic soda, mercury and lead. Twenty years after the LCP Chemicals plant closed and 18 years after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) first ordered a cleanup of the site, the contaminants remain, leaching into underground drinking water supplies and contaminating wildlife and humans with cancer-causing chemicals. In fact, the Turtle River which flows by the 500-acre LCP Chemical site has the distinction of being home to the world’s most contaminated bottlenose dolphins, with PCB levels more than one and a half times greater than levels recorded in Pacific Ocean killer whales which were once thought to be among the world’s most contaminated marine mammals. The creatures that thrill visitors to Georgia’s coast are now suffering from health problems including immune suppression and anemia, and their plight suggests that humans, like dolphins that eat fish from the Turtle River, may be unwittingly poisoning themselves with the LCP Chemical’s toxic legacy.

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Georgia Power named 2014 Investor-Owned Utility of the Year by Solar Electric Power Association

Company a leader in cost-effective solar development; anticipates more than 900 MW in place by 2016

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) has announced that Georgia Power has been selected by a panel of judges as the 2014 Investor-Owned Utility of the Year. SEPA, an educational non-profit organization dedicated to helping utilities integrate solar energy into their portfolios, made the announcement Tuesday at its annual Solar Power International Conference in Las Vegas. Georgia Power Chairman, President and CEO Paul Bowers was on hand to accept the award on behalf of the company.

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EPA Awards Research Fellowship Grant to Student at the University of Georgia

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that Adelumola Oladeinde, PhD at the University of Georgia is one of 105 graduate students across the nation to receive $8.6 million in Science to Achieve Results (STAR) fellowship grants.  The grants will be used to conduct research on topics ranging from climate change to public health to water quality, chemical safety and sustainability that will have cross-cutting impacts in the environmental science field. The 105 STAR fellows will receive a maximum funding of $42,000 for one year for master’s students and up to two years for doctoral students.

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