Giving Georgia's Environment its Day in Court
March 2014
Save the Spit Event TONIGHT



GreenLaw has worked hard to "give Georgia's environment its day in court" this month. Our Land Use / Coastal program continues our fight to "Save the Spit" from development by the Sea Island Company.  Our Air / Energy Law attorney intervened in the Wind Docket on behalf of the Sierra Club before the Georgia Public Service Commission.  We collaborated with the other members of the Georgia Water Coalition leadership team to revise the Flint River Drought Protection Act to address environmental concerns.  And,  along with many other environmental groups, we co-hosted a "Solar Town Hall" which discussed how Atlanta can move forward with solar leadership. 


As we move forward into "Earth Month", we hope you will join us at EarthShare of Georgia's two premier celebrations of Earth Day - 12th Annual Leadership Breakfast and The Earth Day Party.  GreenLaw is proud to be a member of EarthShare of Georgia and receive support from their efforts.
Information Forum to be held on St. Simons Island
Building on endangered marshland is not an option. Help us Save the Spit!
Please join GreenLaw and our clients, Center for a Sustainable Coast and the Altamaha Riverkeeper,  as we host an informational session and Q&A about the Sea Island Acquisition's proposed 8-lot development on the Spit at the southern tip of the Sea Island.  Get more details. 

If you can't make the event please consider these other ways to support this important fight:  make a donation to help us fight protect this fragile marshland from over development, like our Save the Spit Facebook page to get updates, tweet out info from the GreenLaw website and use the hashtag #savethespit. Finally, sign the petition! After reaching our goal of 1,000 we are now trying to reach 2,000!    
Georgia Power executives argued in favor of bringing new clean, cheap wind energy to Georgia consumers at the state Public Service Commission (PSC). Georgia Power is asking the Commission to approve two contracts to import 250 megawatts (MW) of wind power, enough to power more than 50,000 Georgia homes. If the PSC votes to approve the contracts, wind will power Georgia homes and businesses for the first time starting in 2016.
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A year later, revised Flint River bill passes with little opposition

By Aaron Gould Sheinin 

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


After more than 12 months of fighting among Republicans and Democrats, environmentalists and property rights activists, a bill designed to address the drawing of water from the Flint River basin appears to be near final approval in the General Assembly.


But the version of Senate Bill 213 that the House overwhelmingly approved Wednesday is a far cry from the wide-reaching bill that would have allowed the state to push more water to Florida in an effort to end a long-running feud with the Sunshine State.


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GreenLaw and partners gear up for legal challenge to Clean Up Altamaha River  

Discharge pollution in the Altamaha
The Southern Environmental Law Center has joined GreenLaw and the Atlanta-based law firm Stack & Associates as co-counsel representing the Altamaha Riverkeeper in its efforts to stop pollution of the Altamaha River, caused by ongoing effluent discharges from the Rayonier Performance Fibers plant in Jesup, Georgia.  GreenLaw and Stack submitted a letter to Rayonier on behalf of Altamaha Riverkeeper on November 26, 2013, notifying the pulp company of the Riverkeeper's intent to sue for violations of the Federal Clean Water Act and the Georgia Water Quality Control Act.
Environmental Justice front and center at the EPA  


Our own MaKara Rumley will be presenting at a workshop on how Fulton County is leading environmental justice policy in Georgia at the EPA National Environmental Justice Conference in Washington, D.C. this week.   
Best regards,
The GreenLaw Team
 GreenLaw is a Georgia-based nonprofit law firm serving environmental and community organizations that have been adversely impacted by pollution.  Since 1992, GreenLaw has achieved these goals by providing free, high-quality legal and technical assistance to environmental organizations and community groups throughout.