Georgia Trend Daily – May 31, 2022

May 31, 2022 Capitol Beat News

Consultant: Georgia Power closure plan for coal ash ponds violates federal standards

Dave Williams reports that Georgia Power’s plan to close in place some of its coal ash ponds violates a federal rule prohibiting ash to be in contact with groundwater, an environmental consultant said this week. Mark Quarles, a senior consultant with Chicago-based BBJ Group, testified before the Georgia Public Commission (PSC) during three days of hearings on a plan the utility submitted in January outlining the mix of energy sources it intends to rely on for power generation during the next 20 years.

Georgia Trend May 2022 Features Flooring James Lesslie

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May 31, 2022 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

From Planet to People

Kenna Simmons reports, sustainability means using fewer resources (like water and non-renewable energy), creating less waste, making sure soil, water and air are clean, and reducing carbon emissions. Those are the kinds of issues the flooring industry has been working on for decades.

May 31, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Documents reveal new details about future Hyundai EV plant in Georgia

Scott Trubey reports that the future Hyundai Motor Group electric vehicle factory in Bryan County near Savannah could become one of the largest industrial complexes in the South, featuring more floor space than 10 Lenox Square malls, served by a new network of roads and requiring expansive new water and wastewater services, new documents show.

May 31, 2022 Macon Telegraph

Veteran middle Georgia cop tapped by President Biden to become area’s next U.S. Marshall

Joe Kovac Jr. reports that Perry Police Chief Steve Lynn, a four-plus-decade veteran of local law enforcement has been nominated by President Joe Biden to serve as the region’s U.S. Marshall. If he is confirmed by the Senate, Lynn will replace John Cary Bittuck, a former longtime midstate sheriff who was a Donald Trump appointee.

May 31, 2022

Software Firm Acquires Atlanta’s Urjanet to Accelerate Decarbonization of the Power Sector

Trevor Williams reports that Arcadia, a Silicon Valley software firm that helps companies and consumers monitor energy usage and assess their carbon footprints, has acquired Atlanta-based Urjanet to deepen its access to utility data. Urjanet is the largest provider of utility data in the world, spending the last decade growing its reach into more than 9,500 utilities in 52 countries.

May 31, 2022 Saporta Report

The Okefenokee Experience: A tri-county effort to boost ecotourism around the swamp

Hannah E. Jones reports that the Okefenokee Swamp — 428,000 acres of wetlands — hosts 424 animal species and 620 types of plants and, famously, around 13,000 alligators. Under a new initiative, the swamp’s special attributes will be used to protect the natural resource and energize the local community.

May 31, 2022 State Affairs

New Georgia Law Could Help 100,000 Drivers Avoid License Suspensions

Beau Evans and Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon report, around 105,000 drivers have their licenses suspended each year in Georgia for failing to pay traffic fines within three months, according to the nonprofit Georgia Justice Project. That could happen for minor speeding violations, a broken taillight or not coming to a full stop at a stop sign.


May 31, 2022 Georgia Recorder

Report says dozens of state legislators have joined far-right Facebook groups

Kira Lerner reports that dozens of Georgia Republican state lawmakers belong to Facebook groups pushing messages on the fringe of the conservative mainstream. The most common themes of the far-right Facebook pages joined by Georgia GOP lawmakers are Tea Party membership, opposition to COVID-19 safety restrictions, opposition to Common Core in education and opposition to Critical Race Theory in public schools.

May 31, 2022 The Center Square

Georgia to create behavioral threat assessment teams to improve school safety

T.A. DeFeo reports that Georgia is working to create Behavioral Threat Assessment Teams throughout the state as a part of a broader school safety effort. Eight regional Homeland Security Coordinators, all sworn law enforcement officers, will lead the teams and respond to threats or concerning behavior that may be considered a pathway to violence.

May 31, 2022 Rome News-Tribune

Ballot questions: ‘Build the wall’ a priority for Ga. GOP voters; Dems want paid parental leave

Diane Wagner reports, building the wall and barring transgender athletes from women’s sports were the top two issues of interest for voters in the nonbinding survey from the Georgia Republican Party that appeared on the primary election ballot. Democrats statewide weighed in most frequently on paid parental leave and universal preschool from the list of ballot questions posed by their party.

May 31, 2022 Capitol Beat News

Asian-American Georgia lawmakers call for gun reforms after recent mass shootings

Rebecca Grapevine reports that America is facing an “epidemic of gun violence,” state Sen. Michelle Au, D-Johns Creek, said Friday at a press conference called by the Democratic Party of Georgia in response to the recent mass shootings. “It keeps happening and sometimes it feels like it never stops,” Au said.

May 31, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

DeKalb County continues hand count of ballots

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that DeKalb County continued a hand recount of ballots on Memorial Day Monday to determine the winner of a county commission race in the Democratic primary. Programming errors made the initial election results of that District 2 commission race inaccurate and also caused problems with a recount that started Saturday.

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