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April 24, 2007

Albany-- A proposed South Georgia coal plant prompts a warning.

People opposed to the proposed coal energy plant in Early County met under a giant balloon of a power plant in front of the Albany Government Center Tuesday afternoon. Early County neighbors of the proposed plant joined with representatives of the Sierra Club and Enviornment Georgia.

 Longleaf Energy Associates, a branch of L.S. Power in New Jersey, holds a draft permit from the E.P.D.to build a 12-hundred megawatt conventionally fired coal burning plant in Early County, on the banks of the Chattahoochee River.

They say this plant would pose health dangers for South Georgians, even in Albany. Leah Edwards of the Sierra Club said "this is an antiquated plant being placed in the 11th most polluted county in our state according to the Georgia Pacific Toxic Release inventory."

Jennette Gayer of Environment Georgia said "they don't want this plant. This is going to give more kids asthma, make more people sick, and do bad things to their air."

These groups are asking South Georgians to call on Governor Sonny Perdue to halt the permitting and construction of the proposed coal plant in Early County.

 They say new technology, alternative fuels, and energy efficiency should be used to satisfy Georgia's quickly expanding power needs.

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