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Environmental group still doesn't want coal plant

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  An environmental group claims a proposed coal-fired power plant in Early County will pose serious health risks for people who live near it.

Friends of the Chattahoochee opposes the plant. Bobby McLendon is a member of the group. He also owns a farm about 10 miles from L. S. Power's proposed site.

He initially supported the plant, but when he learned of the tax breaks the plant would receive and possible health risks from the plant's pollution, he changed his mind. 

"Mercury is a neurotoxin which can at this level cause a mild reduction in your IQ all the way to extreme retardation in the fetuses that pregnant women are carrying if they become too much mercury in their bodies," he said.

The company wanted to begin construction by the end of this summer, but it's been delayed. The Environmental Protection Division will hold a public hearing on the proposed plant July 28th at 6:00 PM at Early County High School.

WALB has done extensive coverage on the Longleaf Plant proposal. Here are some of those stories-

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