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First Smog Red Alert in 2012 Warns of Unhealthy Air for Atlanta Area

June 29, 2012


Atlanta, GA – The Georgia Environmental Protection Division has issued its first “red alert” for seriously high levels of smog pollution in the metro Atlanta area for today, June 29, 2012. Smog pollution, also known as ozone, forms when certain pollutants combine on hot days. These pollutants primarily come from emissions from coal-fired power plants and vehicles […]

Old-coal retirement approved, Georgia Power neglects investment in local community

March 21, 2012


Sierra Club Applauds Decision, Calls for Additional Retirements and Clean Energy Investments Atlanta, GA – Today, the Georgia Public Service Commission approved the retirement of two coal-burning units at Georgia Power’s Plant Branch in Putnam County, and one oil-fired unit at Plant Mitchell near Albany. Sierra Club welcomes the news of the retirements, which will close some […]

Court Rules Against Proposed Longleaf Coal Plant

April 20, 2011


EPD Permit for “Minor” Source Sent Back to Agency ATLANTA – A Georgia administrative law court handed a victory to opponents of a proposed 1200 megawatt coal-fired power plant in Blakely, Georgia. According to the ruling issued on April 19, the state permit did not sufficiently limit harmful air pollution that will be emitted by […]

Permits for Plant Washington Ignore the Shaky Ethical and Financial Footing of Cobb EMC

March 3, 2011


  Power4Georgians and the state Environmental Protection Division continue to waste EMC members’ and taxpayers’ money by pursuing building two dirty coal plants in south Georgia. After water and air permits for a proposed coal plant near Sandersville were ruled illegal by a state court judge, on March 2, 2011 the EPD re-issued water withdrawal […]

Coal Developer Indicted, Questionable Practices Loom in Georgia

January 9, 2011


Plans to construct two coal-fired power plants in middle Georgia were dealt a blow on Thursday as Dwight Brown, CEO of Cobb EMC- one of the nations largest Electrical Members Corporations (EMC)- was indicted on 31 accounts of corporate theft by taking, racketeering, and making false statements to government entities.  The charges come after 2 years of […]


January 8, 2011


FINANCIAL CONCERNS ABOUT COAL PLANTS SPREAD AS COBB EMC CHIEF DWIGHT BROWN IS INDICTED Brown’s Business Schemes Included Power4Georgians January 7, 2011 ATLANTA, GA – Environmental organizations across the state were not surprised to learn that Dwight Brown, the Chief Executive of Cobb EMC and the organizer of Power4Georgians, has been indicted by the Cobb […]

Member-owned, Electric Co-op Practices Examined

February 17, 2010


Democratic Governance, Clean Energy the Focus of National Co-op Dialogue Atlanta, Ga. — Why are electric rates higher for customer in Cobb County, Georgia’s electric membership corporation (EMC) than for other utility customers? That’s only one of the questions Cobb and other EMC members hope to find answers to as the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) […]