Cobb County District Attorney’s Office reviewing Cobb EMC Forensic Audit

Yesterday articles in The Macon Telegraph and the Atlanta Journal Constitution covered the recently released Cobb EMC forensic audit. The Journal Constitution placed it as the lead article in yesterday’s paper.

The Atlanta paper’s article is behind a paid firewall and can’t be linked to here. However, the coverage points to a tangled web of favoritism that Brown used to move money from Cobb EMC to private businesses where he and Plant Washington developer Dean Alford had direct interests. The article includes the audit’s findings that Alford received $18Million from Cobb EMC and Cobb Energy when he worked there.

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Cobb EMC Forensic Audit Shines Bright Light on Millions Paid to Employees

A forensic audit covering the time that Dwight Brown led Cobb EMC and Cobb Energy shines a bright light on some of the financial questions that surfaced before and after coal-fired Plant Washington was announced 8.5 years ago. Cobb EMC – like Washington EMC – was one of the original co-operatives that formed Power4Georgians, and has since been released from further obligations. Cobb Energy was a for profit company established in 1998 under Brown’s directive.

The audit includes some big numbers for Brown and his friends. The auditors report that Brown and his wife Mary Ellen, received over $20 Million in benefits from Cobb EMC and Cobb Energy. Continue reading “Cobb EMC Forensic Audit Shines Bright Light on Millions Paid to Employees”

Speak Up for Tough Carbon Regulations!

Tell the EPA you support the strong carbon pollution rules announced on June 2! Regulating carbon emissions will clean everyone. Carbon pollution creates health problems including asthma, respiratory health problems, and heat-related deaths. Carbon also contributes to severe weather events.
Tell the EPA you support the proposed carbon rules with this online link. Join other clean air advocates and speak in person at the EPA’s public comment session in Atlanta on Tuesday, July 29.
You can also mail your comments to: Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), Mailcode 28221T, Attention Docket ID No. OAR–2013-0602, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460, Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602
Fax comments to202-566-9744, Attn: Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602
No matter how you tell the EPA to protect our air, health, and natural resources, your voice matters, so stand up and speak up!

Environmental Champion leaving GreenLaw

GreenLaw’s Executive Director, Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, has accepted a position with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed office as the city’s Sustainability Director.Benfield, a former state legislator from Decatur, was been a staunch opponent of Plant Washington before joining GreenLaw as Executive Director three years ago.Steve Caley, an attorney with GreenLaw, will serve as interim Executive Director.Cleaner Air in Middle Georgia.

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Duke Energy’s coal ash problem is our problem too

Last night CBS 60 Minutes aired an interview with Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good about the coal ash spill in the Dan River earlier this year. The public now knows that every coal ash pond Duke Energy has in North Carolina, a total of 14, are leaking toxins into rivers and ground water that the public, farmers, and wildlife rely on for fresh water.

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