GA Coal Plants Shut Down

By: Donnitra Gilbert Email
By: Donnitra Gilbert Email

The Sierra Club,a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to protect the planet, applauded Georgia Power's decision to shut down two units in South Georgia.

The group said it's pushed the company for 10 years to clean up or shut down coal power plants because they pollute the air and water.

Club members said Georgia Power is the biggest polluter and largest user of water in the state. They say two coal plants are located within 85 miles of Thomasville.

"As a young mother I just had a baby 11 weeks ago I'm most concerned about mercury from coal powered power plants," said Jayme Hill.

Georgia Power said it does not intend to bring any new coal power plants to Georgia in the future.

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  • by LaVonne Location: Marietta GA on Mar 18, 2011 at 01:38 PM
    You're both right, almost. Carbon from coal burning is not temporary. It is literally killing the planet and Georgia's children have the highest rate of asthma in the nation, due mostly from carbon, not to mention the hundreds of other reasons. There is no such thing as "clean coal". The earth can only hold a limited amount of carbon. Nuclear is extremely expensive and dangerous. We need to use what God has already provided; sun, wind and water, free and clean.
  • by cleanenergynow Location: Fitzgerald, GA on Mar 18, 2011 at 12:13 PM
    Kudos to GA Power for doing the right thing. We don't need any more coal plants in GA. No Coal Plant in Ben Hill should be built either.
  • by Bolillo Location: Wakulla on Mar 18, 2011 at 04:08 AM
    Sometimes, ignorance is just down right cute. Sometimes, it's very ugly. How many of these protester's have any idea of the the pollution caused by a nuclear reactor? Or anybody for that matter?Nuclear contaminated water by the 1000's of gallons is transported via rail from every U.S. nuclear electrical power generating plant in 55 gallon drums to a mountain storage site somewhere in the mid west and has been for YEARS. Radio active contamination that will never ever ever go away. Pollution from coal is temporary. Nuclear is forever. Ma'am, your 11 week olds' great great great great grand children, too, will not know what to with nuclear waste.
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