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EPD Hears Concerns from Citizens at Virtual Hearing

EPD held its virtual hearing for the closure permit for Plant Hammond ash pond 3 (AP-3) on Tuesday, August 10 ...

Georgia Recorder Article Paints Grim Picture of Coal Ash in Georgia

Here is an excellent overview of the coal ash problem across the state from Jill Nolin at Georgia Recorder ...
Plant Hammond on the Coosa River

GA Power Plans to Leave Toxic Coal Ash in Groundwater at Plant Hammond

Georgia Power is seeking approval from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD)for Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) permits to cap nearly ...

Restoring the Coosa River Basin

If you are interested in supporting the restoration of the Coosa River Basin, become a member or donate today. The ...

Georgia Recorder on the Trust Fund Victory

Jill Nolin of the Georgia Recorder wrote this excellent piece on the history of this long-lasting effort to dedicate environmental ...

CRBI is Hiring!

CRBI is hiring a part-time Administrative Assistant! CLICK HERE for more details ...

Fighting for Clean Water Under the Gold Dome

The 2021 Legislative Session is well under way. While CRBI is not traveling to the Capitol in person this year ...

Eddied Out: Thinking about Rivers in a Time of Social Distancing

By: Nik Bergill “It looks like a goose flying backwards!” the young girl in my raft exclaimed. On another clear ...

Connect with a Cause Through Citizen Science

By Courtnee Pope Hello, CRBI friends and family! My name is Courtnee Davenport and I am working as CRBI’s summer ...

2020 Bacterial Monitoring Results

Green: 0-126 cfu/100mLconsidered safe for recreational use by the state of GeorgiaYellow: +126-235 cfu/100mLmoderate risk of illnessRed: +235 cfu/100mLhigh risk ...

Coal Ash Pond Problems at Hammond and Bowen

Coal Ash is the byproduct of burning coal to generate electricity.  It also contains several toxic, harmful substances that are known to cause cancer, impact child development, cause kidney and liver failure, and a litany of other health problems.  Traditionally, this material has been held in coal ash ponds that surround the coal-fired power plants. Unfortunately, Georgia Power’s coal ash ponds across the state are not lined and a recent report from Earthjustice, utilizing Georgia Power’s data from test wells,…

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CRBI Wins Victory For Coosa River Fish, Plant Hammond Water Intake Must Be Improved

CRBI Wins Victory For Coosa River Fish; Plant Hammond Water Intake Must Be Improved The Coosa River Basin Initiative, represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center, recently won a legal challenge to a Clean Water Act permit issued to one of the oldest coal-fired power plants still operating in Georgia. Based on the administrative law judge’s ruling, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division must improve permit conditions by selecting a stop-gap measure to reduce the number of fish and aquatic species…

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Will Trump Environmental Rollbacks Impact the Coosa?

Since taking office, President Donald Trump has taken aim at a host of environmental laws aimed at protecting our rivers and the public’s health. The National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Water Act and Obama Administration rules on the handling of toxic coal ash waste have all been targeted. At this point, most of the changes are only proposed, but the climate in Washington is creating uncertainty for Georgia’s environmental police as well as those businesses, industries and others who…

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Gold Creek Foods Gets Slap on Wrist for Flat Creek Fish Kill

Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division (EPD) in June fined Gold Creek Foods in Dawsonville $9,000 for a March spill of ferric chloride that resulted in a complete kill of aquatic life along a 3.7 mile stretch of Flat Creek. According to EPD documents, the spill killed an estimated 8,262 fish, including federally threatened Cherokee darters. In addition to the $9000 fine, EPD is requiring the company to clean up soil at the facility contaminated by ferric chloride, improve its stormwater pollution…

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Will Metro Atlanta Get More Water From Lake Allatoona?

A federal court ruling in October 2017 now has the ball rolling again in the battle between Alabama and Georgia over the use of water in Lake Allatoona and the rest of the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa river system. That ruling is forcing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to act on a Cobb County Marietta Water Authority (CCMWA) request made originally in 1981 to allocate more water from Allatoona for water supplies in Metro Atlanta. Since 1963, the Corps, which manages…

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