WWALS Watershed Coalition advocates for conservation and stewardship of the Withlacoochee, Willacoochee, Alapaha, Little, Santa Fe, and Suwannee River watersheds in south Georgia and north Florida through education, awareness, environmental monitoring, and citizen activities.
Please contact your Georgia state legislators to ask them to back
two bills that will help keep coal ash off our lands and out of our waters.
Mercury from Coal Plant Scherer north of Macon goes up in the air and
comes down in our Alapaha River.
Coal ash from Tennessee and Florida is in the landfill in Lowndes County, Georgia that is a quarter mile uphill from the Withlacoochee River.
Even the landfill owner doesn’t want any more coal ash, because
it costs extra to keep it separate from other waste to prevent chemical reactions.
Congratulations to Madison BOCC for this
ordinance Madison passed unanimously last night (PDF):
ORDINANCE NO. 2016-______
AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MADISON COUNTY,
FLORIDA, AMENDING THE MADISON COUNTY LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE TO
PROHIBIT HIGH INTENSITY PETROLEUM OPERATIONS AND THE STORAGE AND/OR
DISPOSAL OF HIGH INTENSITY PETROLEUM OPERATIONS WASTE; PROVIDING
CERTAIN FINDINGS; AMENDING THE DEFINITIONS SECTION OF THE MADISON
COUNTY LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE TO DEFINE CERTAIN TERMS WITH REGARD
THERETO; CREATING SECTION 6.5 OF THE MADISON COUNTY LAND DEVELOPMENT
CODE ENTITLED “REGULATIONS GOVERNING HIGH INTENSITY PETROLEUM
OPERATIONS AND HIGH INTENSITY PETROLEUM OPERATIONS WASTE
PRODUCTS”; PROVIDING FOR REPEAL OF CONFLICTING ORDINANCES;
PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.