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Political leader expresses concern about proposed coal plant

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FITZGERALD, GA (WALB) - A political leader visited south Georgia this weekend to express her concerns for the proposed coal-fired plant in Ben Hill.

Mary Verner, mayor of Spokane Washington, who is from Ben Hill County spoke to a crowd of people at First Presbyterian Church in Fitzgerald.

She and other residents are concerned the plant will release harmful toxins into the air.

She questions where the millions of dollars will from, and discussed alternatives to bringing jobs to middle Georgia that do not include the plant.

Earlier this summer the county commission said the plant will bring hundreds of jobs to an area with 17 percent unemployment.

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