The Georgia legislature did nothing but appoint a study committee, but you can see why they should do more, in these WWALS videos of the coal ash meeting in Valdosta that was organized by Rev. Deacon Leeann Culbreath of Georgia Interfaith Power & Light (GIPL). Thanks to Rev. Floyd Rose for the venue at Academy of Excellence on Lee Street.
The Valdosta Daily Times covered this meeting, but did not mention the local landfill, which was a major topic of my presentation, as you can see in my slides. The Mayor of Valdosta disclaims any control over that landfill and the Lowndes County Commission expressed no interest. Nevermind both city and county governments have members on the board of the Deep South Solid Waste Management Authority that oversees the landfill.
Georgia EPD told the Georgia House Environment and Natural Resources Committee (HENR) that the EPD rules adopted last year were sufficient, even though they don’t require public notice. Since this year’s legislative non-action, GA-EPD has put up a Coal Ash Information web page, which says:
The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) offers public announcements regarding Coal Ash Pond Dewatering Plans and Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) Management Plans. The information will be posted on this web page.
To receive emailed announcements of coal ash-related postings on this web page add your name to the notification list.
That web page has a form to enter your email address for updates. It doesn’t have any CCR Management Plans yet, but it does link to two Coal Ash Pond Dewatering Plans, for Georgia Power’s Plants McManus in Glynn County and McDonough-Atkinson in Cobb County.
Here are liks to each of the WWALS videos of the speakers with a very few notes, followed by a video playlist. For more background see the WWALS coal ash web page.
- GIPL and Coal Ash –Leeann Culbreath in Valdosta 2017-03-01
- Handing out slides –John S. Quarterman
- Coal Ash in Landfills in Suwannee River Basin –John S. Quarterman in Valdosta 2017-03-01
- Call your state legislators –Leeann Culbreath
- No Ash At All –Leslie Riggins in Valdosta 2017-03-01
- Broadhurst Landfill near Jesup –Betty Benner in Valdosta 2017-03-01
Coal Ash bills in Committee –Leann Culbreath in Valdosta 2017-03-01
Video. Factsheet on Georgia bills about coal ash and maps of disricts and coal ash ponds and landfills by Georgia Water Coalition
- Conserving Energy and Solar Power –Leann Culbreath
Here’s a LAKE video playlist:
Coal Ash meeting in Valdosta @ WWALS 2017-03-01
Video by Gretchen Quarterman for WWALS Watershed Coalition (WWALS),
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
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