Action Alert: Say No to Dirty Coal in Georgia

Posted on October 19, 2009 by

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The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) is asking for your comments about a proposed dirty coal plant in middle Georgia.

The Problem:

SchererOur air and water can only absorb so much pollution without creating health hazards for people, livestock and crops.

If Georgia EPD approves proposed permits for a new dirty coal plant, it will emit more than 100 pounds of toxic mercury every year that will further contaminate our rivers and fish.

In addition, the coal plant will draw up to 16 million gallons of water a day from our rivers and wells with no assurance that clean water will be available to residents, businesses and farms.

Solution:

n46200843_30427954_2623Rather than increase Georgia’s over-dependence on coal, we should invest in clean homegrown sources of energy, including energy efficiency improvements and renewables.

Cleaner sources of energy are currently available, reliable, and affordable. We should urge Georgia EPD and state leaders to create an energy future that provides sustainable jobs and economic activity for all Georgians. Not only will it prove to be a wise choice for our economy, but it will help improve the health of Georgia’s environment and those who live in it.

Action Needed:

Georgia EPD needs to hear from you today.  If you can not make it to the second of two public comment hearings in Sandersville, Ga on Tuesday, Oct 20th (get a ride here), the agency is receiving comments until October 27th on the proposed permit for a new dirty coal power plant.

Deadline for responding: Please take action by Tuesday, October 27, 2009.

You can still register your opinion on the plant with the EPD through October 27 via e-mail at epdcomments@dnr.state.ga.us or send written comments to:
Plant Washington Comments
Environmental Protection Division
2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Suite 1152 – East Tower
Atlanta, Ga. 30334

Feel free to use the following message, or one of your own!:

“I am concerned about the draft permits recently issued for the Plant Washington coal plant. If permitted, the plant will emit toxic pollutants that will harm Georgia’s air, water and our public health.

In addition, the plant will withdraw up to 16 million gallons of water every day through a 30-mile pipeline to the Oconee River and 15 wells will also be dug along the pipeline to extract groundwater during periods of drought. Our water resources are limited and such massive withdrawals will compete heavily with other water users such as Georgia’s families and local businesses.

As a concerned citizen, I urge Georgia EPD to  deny the Plant Washington coal plant draft permits because it will endanger public health.”

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