Category Archives: EPD

Georgia Would Disband Soil and Water Conservation Agency, per Gov. Deal’s Budget


(APN) ATLANTA — Governor Nathan Deal wants to disband an environmental agency that is almost 80 years old and includes a statewide network of 370 volunteer conservationists.   The Governor’s budget report for FY 2016 recommends transferring all funding and operations from the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission (GSWCC), to two other state agencies, in order to “consolidate soil […]

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EPD Issues Order Harming Georgia’s Saltwater Marshes

(APN) ATLANTA — In a surprise announcement ironically given on Earth Day, April 22, 2014, Environmental Protection Division (EPD) Director Jud Turner issued an order to create a massive rollback to the protections presently used to defend the saltwater marshes in Georgia. The rollback will eliminate the buffers that guard the marshes from pollutants.     With no public hearing […]

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Georgia Power Seeks EPD Approval to Further Drain Savannah River

(APN) WAYNESBORO — The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) is debating a request from Southern Company for the rights to take 74 million gallons of water per day from the Savannah River to cool two new nuclear reactors that Georgia Power is currently constructing at Plant Vogtle near Waynesboro, Georgia.       The decision stands to have a major […]

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AG Olens Ignored State EPD in Clean Air Challenge

(APN) ATLANTA — Sam Olens, the Attorney General of the State of Georgia, sought but ultimately ignored the advice of Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division (EPD), in a legal challenge of new rules issued by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pursuant to the Clean Air Act. EPD advised Olens against challenging the Utility Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) rule; however, […]

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