Georgia to conduct pipeline pollution study

29 09 2008

COMER, Ga. (AP) – The Georgia Division of Public Health will conduct a study to see if a natural gas pipeline compressor station has polluted an area in northeast Georgia.

Officials want to know if air, soil and water near the Williams Transco compressor station in Comer are contaminated with high levels of toxic chemicals.

Division of Public Health spokeswoman Belen Moran says residents are complaining their health may be in jeopardy.

The station is on the Georgia Hazardous Site Inventory because of soil contamination by PCBs, chemicals commonly used as coolants and lubricants in transformers.

The Environmental Protection Division estimates the station annually emits nearly 5,000 tons of pollutants into the air.

The study begins next month. A final report should be available in early 2009.

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