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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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EPA Awards Research Fellowship Grants to Two Students at Georgia Tech

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that Cesunica Ivey, PhD and Keaton Belli, PhD at the Georgia Institute of Technology are two 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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GWC Names 2014 "Dirty Dozen"

GWC Dirty Dozen 2014Exposing 12 of the Worst Offenses to Georgia's Waters

Today, Georgia’s leading water coalition named its “Dirty Dozen” for 2014, highlighting 12 of the worst offenses to Georgia’s waters. The annual Dirty Dozen shines a spotlight on threats to Georgia’s water resources as well as the polluters and state policies or failures that ultimately harm—or could harm—Georgia property owners, downstream communities, fish and wildlife, hunters and anglers, and boaters and swimmers.

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Wise Appeals to EPA Head for Fair Treatment of Georgia under Proposed EPA Carbon Emission Rules; Asks for Extension of Comment Period

Commissioner Stan Wise, in a September 3 letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy, says the EPA's draft rule to reduce carbon emissions
from electric power plants, known as the proposed Clean Power Rule, will "place undue hardship on Georgia consumers." In the two-page letter to McCarthy, Wise says he is appealing to McCarthy's "sense of fairness" by sharing some insight into how the proposed rules might impact Georgia.

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