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Public Hearing: Coal ash ponds threatening Chattahoochee River


No one wants a coal ash spill (2)Please join representatives from the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and our allies as we urge GA’s Environmental Protection Division (EPD) to protect the Chattahoochee River from toxic coal ash pollution at Plant McDonough, a Georgia Power facility near Smyrna. RSVP here.


When: 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 9
Where: Georgia Association of Water Professionals
1655 Enterprise Way
Marietta, GA 30067

Background Information:

  • EPD’s draft permit is too weak and fails to provide key protections
  • It puts no limits on numerous dangerous toxins known to be present in coal ash discharges, including arsenic, selenium, mercury and lead.
  • It lacks sufficient safeguards for preventing catastrophic failure of the dams holding the coal ash waste back from the river and surrounding communities. In recent incidents like the Dan River spill in North Carolina, coal ash ponds have given way, releasing tens of thousands of tons of ash, and millions of gallons of contaminated water into adjacent waterways. We can’t afford a similar disaster in the heart of metro Atlanta. One of the dams is a “high hazard” dam under state law, meaning that lives would likely be lost if it fails. This is an environmental justice issue: over 50% of the people living within 3 miles of the McDonough plant are African-American.
  • It doesn’t require Georgia Power to avoid polluting the groundwater or even to monitor to determine whether groundwater pollution is occurring from the unlined pits.

What: Hearing

When: Sep 9 2015, Wed 7:00pm

Where: Georgia Association of Water Professionals
1655 Enterprise Way, Marietta, GA, 30067

Adam Reeves
828.254.6776 x. 35