Giving Georgia's Environment its Day in Court
April 2014
Breakfast with
Rick Kuykendall

Thurs., April 24th
7:30 - 9:00 am
Rick Kuykendall
Litigator on the 
BP Oil Spill Class Action Law Suit,
Coal Fly Ash Litigation in Maryland, and others





Greetings!

April is busy as one would expect! GreenLaw has been all over the state this month - frequent trips to the coast to protect the Sea Island Spit, a wind tour in Gainesville, and a community  event in Albany about the proposed Sabal Trail pipeline. GreenLaw is dedicated to using the power of the law to protect Georgia's air, water, and land.
Breaking News:  Marshland protections abolished on Earth Day by Georgia EPD

 

"The Georgia Environmental Protection Division will no longer protect hundreds of miles and thousands of acres of invaluable salt marsh along Georgia's entire coast.  Today, the EPD Director announced that the division is reversing a decades-long rule that requires a protective 25-foot buffer between the marsh and development. Georgia's 300,000 acres of marsh are the envy of the world.  No longer.  The abolition of similar protections in South Carolina were devastating to South Carolina's coast.  Georgia's Golden Isles are about to become the Concrete Isles - all in the name of monied over-development." said Steve Caley, GreenLaw's Coastal Protection Attorney.

Purchase a Save the Spit T-Shirt. Proceeds go to the efforts to stop Sea Island Co. over-development
  
Plant Washington is the last proposed traditional coal-fired plant in U.S., and GreenLaw is on the front lines trying to stop its construction.  
 
Most recently, the amendment to extend the plant's construction permit was posted for public comment. EPD is also requiring that the facility prove compliance with several air quality standards.  
 
MaKara Rumley to present at National Conference 
 
GreenLaw Environmental Justice Attorney, MaKara Rumley, will present to the 2014 National Training Conference on the Toxics Release Inventory and Environmental Conditions in Communities on Using TRI Data to Identify Patterns of Pollution in Metro Atlanta.  
 
GreenLaw & Partners file Clean Water Act case to protect Altamaha River

Discharge pollution in the Altamaha
GreenLaw, the Southern Environmental Law Center, and Stack & Associates are teaming up on behalf of the Altamaha Riverkeeper to sue Rayonier Inc. The suit alleges that its cellulostic performance fiber facility in southeast Georgia is discharging millions of gallons of waste that darken the river and make it smell miles downstream. 
 
Regulators and Utility Customers Agree: Wind Energy Right Choice for Georgia   

   

GreenLaw intervenes in the Public Service Commission proceeding to purchase wind energy for Georgia

 The PSC is considering two contracts with Georgia Power to import 250 megawatts (MW) of wind power - enough to power more than 60,000 Georgia homes - from wind farms in Oklahoma.   

GreenLaw files comments in the Sabal Trail Pipeline case

GreenLaw files scoping comments to object to the proposed route for the Sabal Trail pipeline in Southwest Georgia that would potentially impact habitat for endangered species and the Flint River aquifer system.
 
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.