News Release | Environment America Research & Policy Center

102 groups urge EPA to rein in meat and poultry processing plant pollution

Environment America Research & Policy Center is submitting comments on behalf of 102 organizations today, urging the Environmental Protection Agency to dramatically reduce the massive levels of pollution dumped by agribusiness facilities into America’s waterways. The comments are in response to the agency’s decision not to update permit standards for meat and poultry plants -- despite the Clean Water Act’s requirement to do so.

News Release | Environment Georgia

Clean Energy Wins on Election Day in Athens

Athens, GA--With 78.43% of voters in support, the Athens-Clarke County SPLOST package was overwhelming passed last night. Passage will allow Athens-Clarke Co. to move forward with a plan that will collect roughly $313 million over the next 11 years from a 1 cent sales tax increase. Included in the package presented to voters was over $15 million dollars for the local government to spend on energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy like rooftop solar. 

 

 

News Release | Environment Georgia

Environment Georgia Testifies: Stop the Electric Fee Hike

Atlanta, GA--Environment Georgia’s Clean Energy Fellow, Channa Childs, testified during the Georgia Public Service Commissions rate case hearings this week. The hearings will decide what a requested Georgia Power rate increase would look like. Georgia Power Company has asked to raise the mandatory minimum fee from $10 to roughly $18. This will net Georgia Power millions more and cost Georgians at least $215 a year before they flip their light switch on. 

Ms. Childs’ testimony is below and the petition that was delivered can be found here.

News Release | Environment America

Statement: Dual EPA rollbacks weaken clean water protections against toxic coal waste

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released two proposals today to roll back clean water protections against waste from coal-fired power plants. The first proposal would overhaul wastewater rules, drastically weakening safeguards that prevent utilities from discharging toxic pollutants like arsenic, lead and mercury into America’s waterways. The second proposal would significantly extend closure dates for coal ash disposal sites, allowing utilities to continue storing toxic coal debris in ponds that can leak or overflow, for decades.

News Release | Environment America

Statement: Bipartisan water infrastructure bill invests to prevent sewage overflows and runoff pollution

Congress advanced major bipartisan legislation today to improve America’s clean water infrastructure. The U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure approved H.R.1497, the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2019, which would invest more than $16 billion in clean water infrastructure over the next five years.

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