Committees in the General Assembly kick into gear today and are getting up to speed for the 2019 session, with Glynn County’s legislative delegation asked to serve on a number of committees handling a sizable portion of this year’s legislation.
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State Rep. Jeff Jones, R-St. Simons Island, walks along the annual Veterans Day parade route on St. Simons in November.
Two Georgia Power plants, Wansley and Yates, sit along the banks of Chattahoochee River. (© Craig Tanner)
Atlanta, GA—At least 10 of Georgia Power’s toxic, unlined coal ash ponds sit dangerously close to the groundwater beneath them, according to the utility’s recent filings required under the federal Coal Combustion Residuals rule.
According to the utility’s disclosures for 10 of its 29 coal ash ponds statewide, all 10 ponds fail to comply with the location restriction that requires at least a five-foot buffer between the bottom of a coal ash pond and the underlying groundwater aquifer. In at least some cases, the coal ash ponds appear to be sitting in groundwater.
“Georgia Power’s coal ash ponds were built in the worst places possible – near streams, lakes, floodplains, next to rivers, and right above groundwater, and we now know that at least 10 of its ponds sit too close to the groundwater aquifer,” said SELC Senior Attorney Chris Bowers. “Where Georgia Power plans to just cap many of its unlined coal ash ponds in place, the utility’s own disclosures show the danger this ill-advised strategy poses to Georgia communities.”
Pictured: 12.06 Rep. Jeff Jones presents Dr. Arthur L. Cyphers, Senior Pastor of Norwich Baptist Church, the Georgia House of Representatives proclamation in recognition of the church's 100-year anniversary of serving Brunswick and Glynn County communities.
"On behalf of greater Brunswick and Glynn County, Thank you Norwich Baptist Church and congratulations on one-hundred years of service to our community..." ~Rep. Jeff Jones
October 18, 2019 - Mark Risse, Director of UGA Marine Extension (far-left) and Georgia Sea Grant and Thomas Bliss, Director of Shellfish Research Lab (far-right) conducted a tour of facilities and learning session for Rep. Jones and delegation members.Read more
Pictured: On July 20, 2018, on Black Island, Mayor Pro Tem Griffin Lotson, Rep. Jeff Jones, and The Geechee Gullah Ring Shouters.Read more
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Kemp for Georgia Bus Tour stops at Brogens in St. Simons Island Village to an enthusiastic crowd of supporters and undecideds. The tide is quickly turning in Secretary of State Kemp's favor with AJC/WSB poll now showing Brian Kemp up by 4% and climbing. The more the public learns of the distinct differences in the two gubernatorial candidates, the greater Kemp's lead becomes. Early vote now and through July 20 or on July 24th, election day.
Pictured: David O'Quinn, D2 School Board Candidate; Glynn County Sheriff Neal Jump; Marty Kemp, Brian's wife; Rep Jeff Jones D167, Rep Don Hogan D179; Dale Provenzano, Glynn County Kemp for Governor Chairman