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.