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August 17--  A group opposed to building a new coal-powered power plant in Washington County reports a public hearing on the plant is being held Thursday night in Sandersville.

EPD’s Second Stab at Coal Plant Permit Ripe for Critique at 8/18 Hearing

What: A public hearing to gather comments on the Georgia Environmental Protection Division’s new air permit for Plant Washington.

Health specialists, fisherman, local advocates, and EMC ratepayers will turn out in force to critique the new air permit issued by the EPD for Plant Washington in Sandersville, GA. EPD reissued the permit after a judge found the first permit didn’t sufficiently protect public health. The new permit still allows the release of over 55 pounds of mercury per year, along with other toxic air pollutants. If built, Plant Washington would be the first coal plant constructed in Georgia in more than three decades.

Where: Sandersville Technical College-- 1189 Deepstep Road, Sandersville, GA 31082

When: Thursday August 18, 2011 6:30 pm-9:00 pm