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Protect Georgia’s Waters! Send Commen
Protect Georgia’s Waters!
Send Comments to EPD by Friday
Plant Washington, the proposed coal-fired power plant near Sandersville, GA would guzzle 13-16 million gallons of water each day. Over the first 30 years of operation, 8 tons of mercury would build up in coal ash waste stored at the site – right next to the treasured Ogeechee River. Georgia is already dealing with water shortages and mercury pollution that make our fish too toxic to eat; Plant Washington will only add to our problems with both water quantity and quality.
In August, a judge rejected the plant’s permits to withdraw water and emit water pollution, and sent them back to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) for revision. Now YOU have an opportunity to tell EPD: Plant Washington will harm our state’s precious water resources!
PLEASE SUBMIT A COMMENT TO EPD BY FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10!
Submit a comment with just a few clicks on our Georgians for Smart Energy partner webpage.
If you prefer, you can submit a comment by email to EPD (include “Comment on Plant Washington Water Permits” in the subject)
OR by snail mail to:
Plant Washington Water Permit Comments
Watershed Protection Branch
4220 International Parkway, Suite 101
Atlanta, GA 30354
Here’s a template letter you can use. To make the most impact, personalize the message with your own perspective – tell EPD why YOU care about having enough clean water.
Dear Mr. Cornwell:
I am opposed to the issuance of the water permits for the proposed coal-fired power plant, Plant Washington. The water use permits would allow the coal plant to transfer massive amounts of water from the Oconee River to be consumed at the plant in the Ogeechee Basin. The permits would also allow constant pumping of over 15 million gallons of groundwater per day from wells in the Ogeechee Basin. What little water is not consumed in producing electricity would be discharged out to the Oconee River, and no longer available for farms, homes, and recreation in the Ogeechee Basin. The water discharge permits also fail to protect the Oconee River from toxic pollutants. Mercury, arsenic, lead, and barium are all toxic heavy metals commonly found in coal plant discharges; however, the state fails to require monitoring for these pollutants in the wastewater discharge to the Oconee River.
The state also fails to require any stormwater runoff monitoring, potentially allowing rain water contaminated with heavy metals and other toxins from the coal stacks, ash piles, transfer parking lots and other parts of this industrial facility to wash into the Ogeechee River. Local residents depend on groundwater wells and Ogeechee River resources, and will be put at considerable risk without stormwater runoff monitoring.
I urge the Georgia Environmental Protection Division to protect south Georgia’s important water resources for farming, economic development, recreation, and drinking water. Please do not issue these proposed permits.
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PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR COMMENT TO EPD BY FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10!