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Georgia power shutting down the ash ponds

Plant Mitchell is has 3 ash ponds that will be closed (Source: WALB) Plant Mitchell is has 3 ash ponds that will be closed (Source: WALB)
Georgia Power is looking to clear out all 29 ponds (Source: WALB) Georgia Power is looking to clear out all 29 ponds (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Georgia Power is working to protect the environment from toxic coal ash created by its coal-fired power plants.

The company will stop using all 29 of its coal ash ponds within three years. It will remove all the ash from 16 of them near waterways, including three around Plant Mitchell at the Dougherty Mitchell County line. 

"We will use as part of the closure process advanced engineering methods such as impermeable barriers around the ponds to ensure that we're protective of groundwater," said Aaron Mitchell who serves as Georgia Power's GM of environmental affairs.

Georgia Power no longer uses Plant Mitchell to generate electricity. The company says the ash removal will have little-to-no impact on the neighboring community.

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