Georgians Deliver Loud Message: “NO” to Cobb EMC’s Proposed New Coal Plant

Posted on October 23, 2009 by


epdhearinfThose of us who have opposed Cobb EMC’s plan to build a new pollution-spewing coal-fired power plant in Washington County were reaffirmed in our position this week at the Georgia Environmental Protection Division’s public hearing on the plant on October 20 in Sandersville.  Georgians from many parts of the state attended, but the most impressive voices were the local citizens who rose one after another to voice their dismay at the impact the plant would have on their health and their environment.

Several expressed particular alarm at the additional mercury that would enter their local rivers and streams, already saturated with so much of that hazardous waste that the EPD has issued advisories limiting fish consumption.  The EPD also has measured mercury in those rivers in excess of state water quality standards.  Other residents noted their consternation at the plant’s projected emission of health-threatening pollutants like particulate matter and ozone that contribute to  serious human health problems, including asthma, bronchitis, and chronic respiratory diseases.

Water consumption was another major concern in this agricultural community, still recovering from the recent drought, since the plant would draw as much as 16 million gallons of water per day from the Oconee River or from 15 groundwater wells.

In the end, 51 Georgians expressed their opposition to the plant, and only 14 rose to defend it.  The Cobb Alliance for Smart Energy is proud to be one of the organizations that took the lead in opposing this plant. We are heartened that so many Washington Countians have not been fooled by those who claim this plant is necessary to create local jobs and to provide our electricity requirements.

We are confident that this coal plant, like so many now defunct others, is headed for the dustbin of history.

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

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