GWC Names 2014 "Dirty Dozen"
Exposing 12 of the Worst Offenses to Georgia's Waters
Today, Georgia’s leading water coalition named its “Dirty Dozen” for 2014, highlighting 12 of the worst offenses to Georgia’s waters. The annual Dirty Dozen shines a spotlight on threats to Georgia’s water resources as well as the polluters and state policies or failures that ultimately harm—or could harm—Georgia property owners, downstream communities, fish and wildlife, hunters and anglers, and boaters and swimmers.
“The Dirty Dozen is not a list of the most polluted water bodies in Georgia, nor are they ranked in any particular order,” said Joe Cook, Advocacy & Communication Coordinator at the Coosa River Basin Initiative. "It’s a list of problems that exemplify the results of inadequate funding for Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division (EPD), a lack of political will to enforce existing environmental protections, and ultimately misguided water planning and spending priorities that flow from the very top of Georgia’s leadership.”
GreenLaw Launches Campaign to Promote the Cause of Environmental Justice
Public service campaign premieres Oct. 21 to spotlight threat to ‘lives and livelihoods’
Arguing that equal protection under the law applies to environmental justice, GreenLaw Executive Director Stephanie Stuckey Benfield says the legal challenge to ensure environmental justice for all Georgians is the primary concern of the organization.
New Analysis Shows Moving Beyond Coal to Clean Energy Will Cut Carbon and Boost Georgia’s Economy
The Sierra Club and GreenLaw have announced a new analysis that lays out how Georgia can meet the proposed cuts to carbon pollution while creating jobs, lowering power costs and promoting clean air and water. Georgia has established itself as a regional leader in solar power production in recent years, will soon import low-cost wind power and has already taken strong first steps in phasing out 15 coal and oil-fired units at power plants across the state. GreenLaw and the Sierra Club released the analysis today as the Georgia General Assembly holds its scheduled hearing on the Clean Power Plan and its impacts on Georgia.Read more...
Georgia Water Coalition Supports Proposed "Waters of the US" Rule
Call to Action, Submit Comments before November 14, 2014
Do you want to ensure full protections to Georgia’s waters so there is enough clean water for everyone?
Do you care about the long term health and safety of Georgia’s tributaries, wetlands, rivers and lakes?
Please make a difference and submit a comment letter to improve protections for waters of the United States (“WOTUS”).
GreenLaw Raises Environmental Justice Objections to Sabal Trail Pipeline
Citing objections to the disproportionate impact the proposed Sabal Trail pipeline will have on communities of color, GreenLaw filed comments on September 26, 2014 on behalf of the South Dougherty Community League, Dougherty County Commissioner John Hayes, and former Dougherty County Commissioner Gloria Gaines.Read more...