Georgia Officials Debate Response to Gas Crisis

3 10 2008

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia leaders are debating whether to revise the state’s emergency fuel plan and are considering ways to bolster gas supply in the aftermath of the abrupt shortage of gas that sent some motorists into a frenzy.

As lines outside gas stations grow shorter, frustrating searches for fuel have given way to soul-searching among Georgia legislators. Critics, meanwhile, have sharply condemned the state’s response to the crisis.

The gas shortage started with the one-two punch of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, which shut down refineries along the Gulf Coast. And the hankering among panicky drivers to top off their tanks when they passed an open fueled station made things worse.

Soon many gas stations around metro Atlanta were shuttered, and some lines outside those that stayed open could stretch for hours. Radio stations eagerly broadcast the names of open stations, and some drivers tailed fuel trucks in hopes of filling up their tanks.

Georgia’s leaders updated an emergency plan last year to better handle a gas crisis. Among other options, the plan allows the governor to limit drivers to fill up their tanks every other day and set minimum and maximum limits on how much fuel they can purchase.

Gov. Sonny Perdue lobbied the Environmental Protection Agency to permit delivery of high-sulfur gasoline to metro Atlanta because the cleaner-burning low sulfur fuel normally required was in short supply.

But he ruled out more stringent options amid worries they would spark an even greater panic. Some of the measures proved too difficult to enforce while others weren’t feasible, said Perdue spokesman Bert Brantley.

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Emory gets $29M for National Children’s Study

3 10 2008

Atlanta Business Chronicle

A group headed by Emory University has won $28.5 million in federal funding for the National Children’s Study, which investigates the impact of environment and genetics on the health of American children.

In 2007, Emory was awarded $25.5 million during the first round of federal research funding to launch the National Children’s Study in DeKalb and Fayette counties in Georgia. The current award will be used to recruit study volunteers in Baldwin County, Ga., and Bradley County, Tenn.

Emory will partner with the Morehouse School of Medicine, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga College of Medicine (UTCOMC) and Battelle Memorial Institute to begin research. Emory and its partner research teams will collect genetic, biological, and environmental samples from study volunteers in rural Georgia and Tennessee, and compile statistical information for analyses.

“We are very pleased that rural Georgia and rural Tennessee will be represented in the National Children’s Study,” said Carol J. Hogue, professor of epidemiology and maternal and child health at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. “Environmental problems for rural infants and children may be quite different from those of our urban centers, like Atlanta, but we wouldn’t know that without including them in the study.”

The study seeks information to prevent and treat some of the nation’s most pressing health problems, including autism, birth defects, diabetes, heart disease and obesity.





GA. Business Leaders Recognized For Sustainability

3 10 2008

Tony Potts | Coosa Valley News

The Pollution Prevention Assistance Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources recognized business leaders from across the state for making strides toward a more sustainable Georgia. Click for winners:

 

  • U.S. Army-Southern Regional Environmental Office of Atlanta – Advocate of the Year
  • Milliken & Company Live Oak Complex of LaGrange – Mentor of the Year
  • Milliken & Company Hillside Plant of LaGrange – Mentor of the Year
  • Bumpers Plus of Marietta – Rising Environmental Steward
  • Life University of Marietta – Rising Environmental Steward
  • Mohawk of Sugar Valley – Rising Environmental Steward
  • InterfaceFLOR of LaGrange – Outreach & Employee Involvement and Sustainability Awards
  • Monsanto of Augusta – Sustainability Award
  • Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Corporation of Marietta – Continual Improvement Award
  • ZF Industries of Gainesville – Continual Improvement Award
  • Ft. Benning – Partner of the Year Award

Organizations that participate in the Partnership for a Sustainable Georgia have been challenged to become industry leaders in the efficient use of natural resources and the reduction of their negative environmental impacts.

`We are very proud of the work these Partners have done; from conserving water to saving energy, we are seeing major improvements in the way Georgia business leaders do business,` said Suzanne Burnes, manager of the Partnership for a Sustainable Georgia. `To date, the combined environmental effort of our top-level Partners who reported savings has resulted in cumulative reductions in water use by 909 million gallons, conservation of 75 million kWh of electricity, and solid waste reductions of 15 thousand tons. Imagine the amount of money and natural resources that could be saved if more businesses followed their lead.`