Washington County coal plant gets permit

Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011 8:39 AM
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Georgia environmental regulators have re-issued an air permit for a proposed new 850-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Washington County.

It was the final environmental permit needed for the $2 billion Plant Washington project to move ahead, The Macon Telegraph reports.

If built, the plant could become Georgia’s first new coal-fired power plant in more than a quarter century.

The air permit was revised this summer in response to a court order after the original permit was appealed by the environmental law firm Greenlaw.

The new version sets a tighter limit for fine particle pollution, which can cause heart and lung problems when breathed deep into the lungs. It also revised the method for limiting organic hazardous air pollutants. Both changes were modeled on proposed new federal rules, officials with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division have said.

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augusta citizen 11/22/11 - 12:56 pm
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Good news! The area will

Good news! The area will benefit from jobs, and the coal industry has been a target of Obama and others too much.

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gaspringwater 11/22/11 - 03:25 pm
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The American Lung Association

The American Lung Association has published its state of the air report for 2011. The report said roughly half the people ( 50.3% ) in the United States live in counties that have unhealthful levels of either ozone or particle pollution. The report named America's 25 most polluted cities year-around and also named the 25 cleanest cities in the country. No Georgia cities made the top 25 worst in the country year-around. But on the other hand, no Georgia cities made the list of the top 25 cleanest cities year-around either. Congratulations to our good Florida neighbors in Cape Coral, Palm Bay, Port St. Lucie and Orlando for being on the list of the top 25 cleanest cities. Cheyenne, WY was top of the list.

http://www.stateoftheair.org/2011/assets/SOTA2011.pdf

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Vito45 11/22/11 - 08:17 pm
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WACo could sure use the

WACo could sure use the economic stimulus, a lot of the county is dying.

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