News Release | Environment Georgia

Georgia Legislature adjourns without passing critical coal ash legislation

ATLANTA -- Legislation that would warn communities when toxic coal ash ponds are drained into fresh water nearby (HB 93) stalled in the state Senate Committee on Rules on Friday, the last day of the 2019-2020 legislative session.

News Release | Environment America

Congressional co-sponsors of Great American Outdoors Act speak out at Environment America virtual rally for public lands

Sen. Manchin, lead sponsor of the bill in the Senate, spoke to the broad bipartisan support for the bill, and commented on how a desire to protect our nation’s public lands for future generations unites us all as well. “Passing the Great American Outdoors Act is an investment in our nation and our future generations, and will ensure our children and grandchildren can enjoy the wild and wonderful outdoor spaces of America for decades to come,” he said.

News Release | Environment Georgia

One coal ash bill headed to Governor’s desk

Atlanta, GA--SB 123 by Sen. William Ligon has become the first bill passed by the Georgia General Assemblyto deal specifically with coal ash. The legislation passed out of the House of Representatives by a vote of 142 to 15 and was agreed on in the Senate 39 to 9. Two other bills that deal with coal ash, SB 384 and HB 93 await votes in the House and Senate, respectively.

News Release | Environment Georgia

Bill to discourage out-of-state coal ash import clears major committee hurdle

Atlanta, GA--SB 123 by Sen. William Ligon passed out of the House Natural Resources Committee today. The legislation would close a coal ash loophole that currently encourages out-of-state coal ash dumping in Georgia solid waste landfills. The bill would raise the surcharge that local governments can charge per ton of coal ash from $1 to $2.50, in line with the surcharge on regular household garbage.

News Release | Environment America

Statement: U.S. Senate votes to make major investment in America’s public lands

"This bill reflects what we all know -- protecting and enhancing our public lands is an essential part of the American ethos. By locking in $900 million a year for outdoor projects, plus providing a short-term infusion of money to address maintenance issues, the Senate is reaffirming that commitment to the natural world."

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