NEWS

Comments Regarding Proposed Rules on Docks

Please review the linked document for comments from the Southern Environmental Law Center regarding proposed new DNR rules regarding private recreational docks. comments-re-proposed-rules-governing-docks-2016-11-07-1


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Rayonier AM’s Permit to Dump Wastewater into Altamaha Nullified

An Atlanta judge has sided with environmental groups in ruling that a huge pulp mill in Southeast Georgia discharges too much pollution into the Altamaha River, known fondly as “the Little Amazon.” Administrative law judge Kimberly Schroer  nullified, in essence, a wastewater permit allowing the Rayonier Advanced Materials mill in Jesup to dump millions of gallons […]


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Judge Approves Sea Island’s Proposed Groin…but that’s not the end.

By Jen Hilburn Altamaha Riverkeeper Georgia’s coast, its communities and its wildlife, suffered a blow recently when a judge decided to allow Sea Island to move forward with developing the groin along the spit. We all benefit from the protection of our coastline from encroaching development that lacks the foresight of following the rules that guide those […]


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Support for EPA’s Proposal to Address NPDES Permit Problems

Rayonier AM operated for years without an updated NPDES permit. More than half a dozen active and retired coal-fired power plants in Georgia currently have expired permits. The EPA has recognized the process is flawed and wants to make its authority to address the problem explicit. ARK would welcome the change. Recently, the Southern Environmental […]


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Spit Case Decision Expected by August 26

On July 13, Administrative Law Judge Kristin Miller heard five hours of closing argument in the challenge by the Altamaha Riverkeeper, Surfrider Foundation, and One Hundred Miles to Sea Island Acquisition’s proposal to build a 350-foot T-head groin on Sea Island.  The proposal includes a beach nourishment project. GreenLaw attorney Steve Caley made the closing […]


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DOJ & EPA Announce $29 Million Settlement for LCP Chemicals Superfund Site

WASHINGTON—The Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that Honeywell International Inc. and Georgia Power Company have agreed to clean up the 760-acre saltwater marsh at the LCP Chemicals Superfund Site in Brunswick, Georgia.  The settlement requires the companies to spend an estimated $28.6 million to remove and isolate contaminated […]


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Georgia on path to Loggerhead Recovery Milestone

The DNR’s sea turtle expert, Mark Dodd, sent out this note on this year’s nesting season. It’s a very encouraging forecast and a testament to the volunteer work done by so many along the coast. Dear Cooperators, I wanted to send out a quick note on the status of loggerhead nesting in Georgia.  As of […]


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Ruling on Rayonier AM Permit Appeal Likely by September

A decision on whether to invalidate the state permit allowing Rayonier Advanced Materials to discharge 60 million gallons of dark, smelly wastewater daily into the Altamaha River is now expected sometime in early September. Beginning on June 3 and winding up June 16, Administrative Law Judge Kimberly Schroer heard seven days of testimony in the […]


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ARK Taking Ga. EPD to Court over Rayonier Wastewater Permit

  The Altamaha Riverkeeper is seeking to invalidate the state permit allowing Rayonier Advanced Materials to discharge up to 60 million gallons a day of dark, smelly wastewater daily into the Altamaha River in  proceedings that start Friday, June 3, in Atlanta. Friday’s hearing is the first of four dates scheduled by the Office of […]


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Turtle Expert’s Opinion Overlooked in DNR Report on Spit

Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources ignored its own turtle expert’s advice in a document prepared in connection with Sea Island Acquisition’s application to build an additional sea groin intended to protect eight lots SIA is trying to sell, according to testimony Tuesday before an administrative law judge in Brunswick. The testimony came as part of […]


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