NEWS

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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Sea Island Spit Challenge Goes to Court May 9

Those opposed to the proposed rock groin encouraged to attend. The Altamaha Riverkeeper (ARK) and Surfrider Foundation will have an opportunity to argue their case in court against the rock groin proposed for the Sea Island spit on Monday, May 9. The hearing, beginning at 9 a.m. at the municipal courthouse at 1229 Newcastle Street […]


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Petition Urges Obama to Halt All New Offshore Fossil Fuel Leases

More Than 45 Organizations Back Historic Legal Petition That Takes Aim at Ocean-drilling Damage to Climate, Wildlife, Communities WASHINGTON— More than 45 climate, conservation, indigenous and coastal organizations representing the major coastal regions of the United States filed a legal petition today calling on President Obama to align U.S. energy policy with his climate goals […]


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Groups urge EPD to keep toxic heavy metals out of Georgia’s water

Expired permits leave water sources vulnerable to toxins, pollutants   ATLANTA, GA—The Sierra Club and its allies are calling on state regulators to protect Georgia’s drinking water and rivers from mercury, arsenic, and other dangerous pollutants by updating and enforcing expired permits on all six of the state’s coal-fired power plants.[1] Twelve groups have sent […]


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Palmetto Pipeline Stopped in its Tracks

  March 30, 2016 – Augusta, GA – Kinder Morgan announced it was stopping work on its proposed Palmetto Pipeline project after encountering major resistance from landowners, citizens and a coalition of environmental groups and other organizations in three states. The decision to stop work on the Palmetto Pipeline was posted on both Kinder Morgan’s […]


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Some Wins to Celebrate and our Special Thanks to ARK Members

By Jen Hilburn – Riverkeeper The beginning of 2016 finds brings us several items to celebrate: 1. Working with partners and communities throughout the Southeast coast, the Bureau of Ocean Energies Management has excluded Georgia among other SE states from offshore oil exploration in its newly released 5-year plan. While we may fight again in […]


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Critical Habitat – Longe-Billed Curlew

By Tim Keyes, Georgia DNR WRD non-game biologist The Altamaha River Delta hosts one of the largest group of wintering Longe-billed Curlew on the Atlantic Coast. While this is only around 12-15 birds, this still ranks high for the largest shorebird species in North America. While the vast majority of curlew winter in Mexico, it […]


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Help ARK fight Rayonier Pollution of the Altamaha

Rayonier Advanced Materials continues to draw up to 78 million gallons of our aquifer water and pump 60 million gallons of pollution into our Altamaha River DAILY! EPD’s new permit allows this to continue, virtually unchecked. We are appealing the new permit. The first hearing is on June 3 in Atlanta at 225 Peachtree St. NW. […]


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