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Senator Johnny Isakson
One Overton Park
3625 Cumberland Blvd, Suite 970
Atlanta, GA 30339
Senator David Perdue
191 Peachtree St NE, Suite 3250
Atlanta, GA 30303
The Problem with Coal Ash
GIPL supports efforts to reduce threat from coal ash pollution across our state, working in partnership with the Georgia Water Coalition.
This year, three bills were introduced to deal with the issue of coal waste pollution in Georgia’s communities. Two of the bills (HB 387 and HB 388) were discussed in the House Natural Resources Committee, but no vote was taken. They remain in the House Natural Resources Committee. What DID happen was that Committee Chairwoman Rep Lynn Smith (R-Newnan) set up an “ad hoc coal ash task force” with several legislators (Reps. Buddy Harden, R-Cordele; Chad Nimmer, R-Blackshear; and Chuck Williams, R-Watkinsville) assigned to it. A bill (SB 165) introduced by Sen William Ligon (R-Brunswick) has yet to receive a committee hearing in Senate Natural Resources Committee.
GWC has created resources for you to learn more about this issue: HB 387 and HB 388 Fact Sheet
What You Can Do: Please encourage your Representative to reach out to Rep Lynn Smith, and ask to be placed on the ad hoc coal ash task force – especially if you live in one of the districts that may have a coal ash issue in it. Find your representative.
Solar Advocacy Campaign
We need more and better pro-solar policies, not fewer. That’s why we are urging Gov. Nathan Deal to make commitments that will help put Georgia on the road to 100% clean energy, with 15 percent solar by 2030.
Achieving this state goal would help move our country closer to the national goal of getting 10 percent solar by 2030, producing immediate and long-lasting benefits for our environment, including removing 280 million metric tons of carbon from the atmosphere by 2030: the equivalent of taking 59 million cars off the road… READ MORE