FACE Annual Meeting

Plans are underway for our annual meeting on Monday, October 3,2016 at 6:00 pm. We will meet at Minton Springs AME Church on the Mayview Road outside Sandersville. Come find out the latest on our efforts to protect the health of our area’s families, and our natural resources. We will have refreshments, so please RSVP to stopplantwashington@gmail.com so we can plan to have enough for everyone.

If you aren’t a member yet, or want to renew your membership, support our work by joining or renewing here! We hope to see you on October 3rd!


Is Power4Georgians even a company now?
July 20, 2016

It has been more than 6 years since Power4Georgians (P4G) was granted an air permit for its long-lingering proposed Plant Washington. The financial future for the project Washington County leaders lined up behind in 2008, while Washington EMC leaders poured $1Million dollars of their members’ dollars into it, was uncertain at best when it was announced.

Just this year alone, the two largest coal mining companies in America have filed for bankruptcy. Coal is the energy of the last millennium. Renewable fuels like wind and solar continue to drop in price and grow in demand from consumers.

Despite the mounting setbacks for Plant Washington, its developer, Allied Energy Services’ website says it has found ways to sell power to consumers, but the projects aren’t fueled by coal.

In April, 6 long years after it got an air permit for Plant Washington, Power4Georgians went back to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) asking for yet another extension of its deadline to begin construction of the plant.

P4G claims that regulatory uncertainty is the cause for delays it has encountered.

Since April 2012, P4G has known that its status as either a new or existing source was in question.  And the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) even told the company what it needed to do to resolve questions about its status.

In April 2013, P4G filed a request for status determination, but by November 2013, it withdrew the request without explanation. Instead, P4G now wants yet another extension for its air permit.

Except P4G’s legal status as a company is questionable.

Power4Georgians failed to renew its corporate registration with the Georgia Secretary of State in 2015 and again in 2016 (as of July 13, 2016).

Not only did P4G fail to take care of the two $50 per year renewal registrations with the state, it failed to request renewal of its water discharge permit that was due in March 2015. The state’s Division of Environmental Protection levied a $1,000 fine for the lapse. To our knowledge P4G hasn’t paid the fine, or requested a renewal application, so it has been without a permit essential to Plant Washington for 15 long months.

It looks like no one was minding the shop on Plant Washington while its developer was out selling solar generated power contracts.

The questions about Plant Washington continue to build. The answer from the state should be an easy one: no more renewals for Plant Washington. The clock has run out and there will be no more overtime periods.

Katherine Cummings

FACE (Fall Line Alliance for a Clean Environment)


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Georgia has 4th highest power rates in the country

An article in the Atlanta Business Chronicle reports that Georgia ranks fourth in the country for high energy costs. Electric power rates for Georgia Power customers must be approved by the state’s Public Service Commission. Customers have an opportunity to share their ideas and concerns with the Commission before rates are set. The Commission also approves Power Purchase Agreements for Georgia Southern. Members of Washington EMC (and the majority of EMCS in our state)  are not allowed to comment on power rates before they are set. If co-op member/owners raise objections to the rates they only place to voice those is with the EMC Boar which set the rates. The Public Service Commission has no oversight on our power bills. Continue reading “Georgia has 4th highest power rates in the country”

EPA Issues First-ever Coal Ash Rule to Protect Public Health and the Environment

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took a significant step forward Friday when it finalized long-delayed standards for coal ash. The new regulations establish some safeguards to detect and prevent releases of toxic waste from the nation’s more than 1400 coal ash waste dumps, most of which are currently leaking into water sources.

Unsafe disposal of coal ash has contaminated more than 200 rivers, lakes, streams and sources of underground drinking water in 37 states. Several coal ash waste ponds in Georgia are considered to be at high risk for dam failure and/or leaking into nearby water resources including Plant Branch in Milledgville. Coal ash dump sites also omit dangerous quantities of toxic dust into the air that can harm neighboring communities. Continue reading “EPA Issues First-ever Coal Ash Rule to Protect Public Health and the Environment”

EPA says chances of Plant Washington ever operating are “remote”

August 10, 2015
Last week the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued long awaited Greenhouse Gas (GHG) rules for newly constructed power plants. The agency specifically addressed the proposed Plant Washington, and refused to give it a “pass” on carbon emission standards for new sources.
The new standards rely on partial capture and storage of carbon dioxide emissions. Plant Washington project spokesman Dean Alford has said that such a standard will result in cancellation of the coal-fired project because it was not designed to meet the standard. Continue reading “EPA says chances of Plant Washington ever operating are “remote””