How the state regulates large-scale farm waste is under scrutiny. A federal review says 70 percent of the farms don’t have proper oversight. The U.S. Inspector General’s office report says there’s a significant risk that Georgia’s supervision of farm animal waste disposal doesn’t protect water quality.
A new study suggests impending layoffs at a former nuclear weapons facility near Augusta could deal a blow to the local economy. Noel Brown of WACG in Augusta reports plans to cut nearly 2,000 jobs at the Savannah River Site by next year are already underway.
Georgia restaurant operators are weighing-in on how the state’s new immigration law is affecting their business. On Friday, the Georgia Restaurant Association released the results of a survey. Nearly 50 percent of respondents say they have a labor shortage right now. And nearly 9-in-10 say they expect to have problems filling jobs in the future.
A movement is underway to make Georgia’s rivers more accessible for recreation. A week-long event gets hundreds of paddlers out on a different river in the state each year, and it’s opening up those waters to more people year round.
Georgia’s last drought shut down half of the state’s nurseries and garden centers by some estimates. The current hot, dry weather brought spring sales to a sudden end for many nurseries this year. But since no new water-use restrictions have been implemented, growers and garden centers are doing OK.
Robins Air Force Base has resolved 36 of 39 safety violations. OSHA issued the citations because of too much toxic dust. Changes include better safety equipment and cleaner work space.
The Georgia Branch of Associated General Contractors of America is calling for a “safety stand-down” Aug. 3. During the statewide work stoppage – lasting from 5 minutes to an hour, depending on the job site – supervisors and workers will learn how to spot heat illness and prevent it.
Toyo Tires in Bartow County will be expanding. On Tuesday, company officials joined Governor Nathan Deal to sign a deal expanding Bartow County’s bonding capacity by nearly a billion dollars.
A $300,000 federal grant is going to an Atlanta organization to help train low-income residents for jobs and careers connected to the environment. It’s the latest government money headed to Georgia with hopes of spurring development in the green industry.
Georgia Power says it will be shuttering three power plants for economic reasons. Two coal fired units at Plant Branch in Milledgeville will close in 2013. That’s a result of federal regulation tightening air pollution controls. The company has said it’s too costly to upgrade those units.