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SACE Statement: Georgia Power announces closure plan for 29 coal ash impoundments throughout GA


September 29, 2015

Contact: Amelia Shenstone, SACE, 404.373.5832 x3,

SACE responds to Georgia Power announcement: Closure plan for 29 coal ash impoundments throughout the state

Welcomes closure news, urges that plan give maximum longterm protection from toxic pollution

Atlanta, GA – Yesterday, Georgia Power Co. announced it will craft a closure plan in the next six months for 29 coal ash impoundments located at 11 power plants across Georgia. In a press release, the company said that these closures are a result of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Coal Combustion Residuals rule released in December 2014 and the Steam Electric Effluent Limitation Guidelines due to be released on Wednesday.

In response to Georgia Power’s announcement, Dr. Stephen A. Smith, Executive Director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, made this statement:

“SACE welcomes the news that Georgia Power will craft a plan to close coal ash impoundments across the state, and we look forward to seeing the plan.

“Impoundments in Georgia, also known as ponds, can hold about 18 billion gallons of toxic ash – enough to fill the Empire State Building 64 times. It’s a huge amount of waste that contains lead, mercury, arsenic, and other dangerous materials.

“We hope that the company will carefully consider the human health and environmental impacts of ground and surface water pollution from coal ash impoundments as it weighs closure options. The best way to stop water pollution from these sites is to remove the coal ash from old, leaking impoundments and move it to dry, lined storage away from rivers and other waterways, taking care not to add to the pollution burden of environmental justice communities.”


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