Georgia EPD plans lead paint/asbestos seminars

17 09 2008

The Daily Citizen

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division will present two seminars at Dalton State College in the James E. Brown Center on Wednesday, October 15: Advanced Asbestos Awareness and Advanced Lead-Based Paint Awareness.

The seminars will address the hazards of these materials and the laws and regulations governing their handling and removal.

Attendance is recommended to general and demolition contractors, real estate agents, building and facilities owners and managers, asbestos and/or lead abatement contractors, and waste haulers.

The Georgia Real Estate Commission has approved each of these seminars for four hours or 0.4 CEUs of continuing education.

The Advanced Asbestos Awareness seminar will take place 8 am-12:30 pm, and the Advanced Lead-Based Paint seminar will meet 1:30-5:30 pm.

The fee for each seminar is $40; however, attendees can register for both morning and afternoon seminars for $65, which includes lunch and refreshments.

For more information or to register, visit http://www.daltonstate/edu/cce, and click on “Professional Development.” Those who would prefer can can call (706) 272-4454 to register.

N.C.: Professor to speak on global warming

17 09 2008

BREVARD – Brevard College faculty member Jim Reynolds will give a presentation on global warming for the UNC-Asheville Chapter of Sigma Xi Sept. 24 on the Brevard College campus.

Sigma Xi is a scientific research society that meets monthly for fellowship and the exchange of scientific information of all types.

Reynolds’ presentation is titled “Global Warming and the Coming Ice Age.”

Associate professor of geology, Reynolds joined the faculty of Brevard College in 1999. A fellow of the Geological Society of America, Reynolds has led international field trips to 11 countries in Latin America and Europe.

The event is free and open to the public and will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the McLarty-Goodson Building Room 125.

Hyde Park residents to get help for contamination.

17 09 2008


By Sylvia Cooper| Agusta Chronicle

Augusta commissioners approved refunding half of 2007 and 2008 city property taxes to Hyde Park property owners Tuesday and testing children 8 years and younger for lead. The tax rebates don’t apply to the school portions of the tax bills.

Commissioners also voted to spend $2.5 million of sales tax money to improve infrastructure in the area and remove soil contaminated by adjacent industries. They also authorized engineering and design work for the storm drainage system and allocated money to reopen and operate the Hyde Park Community Center.

Hyde Park residents have contended for more than 20 years that contamination in the area has caused health problems.

Environmental reports indicate there are four pockets of contamination in Hyde Park, but levels are not high enough to harm residents.

The city also will apply for federal grants and loans to help owners improve their property.

Tuesday’s vote to invest tax money in improving Hyde Park follows years of meetings and studies.

The initiatives are the result of months of meetings between Hyde Park residents and an Augusta subcommittee led by Commissioner Don Grantham.

Read on here.