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15 counties must clean their air

15 counties must clean their air

ATLANTA -- Air Quality Awareness Week recently came to a close, and 15 metro Atlanta counties didn't quite make the clean air cut.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently changed its standards of attainment for ozone standards from .08 parts per billion to .075 parts.

The change means that 15 formerly compliant counties were re-designated at nonattainment for ground-level ozone: Bartow, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Newton, Paulding and Rockdale.

To clean up the air, residents can try carpooling to work or taking MARTA if possible; fewer cars on the roads means more breathable air for everyone in metro Atlanta.

Learn more about how to reduce emissions and cut down on ozone at www.cleanaircampaign.org.

FEMA encourages Chattahoochee-area residents to learn flood risks

FEMA encourages Chattahoochee-area residents to learn flood risks

ATLANTA -- As 2011 draws to a close, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) encourages all Americans to understand the risks that surround them -- and for residents of the Upper Chattahoochee River Region, those risks include the possibility of flooding.

FEMA worked with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to create maps of the 107-mile stretch of the Chattahoochee River between the Buford Dam and Coweta County, which includes Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Forsyth, Fulton and Gwinnett counties.

These updated maps detail flood hazard and risk data with the ultimate goal of protecting homeowners from flooding.

Maps for those who live in the Chattahoochee flood region are available at www.georgiadfirm.com. Learn more about steps to prevent flood damage at www.ready.gov/floods.

Fulton County Seeks Nominees for Environmental Awards

The Fulton County Citizens Commission on the Environment (FCCCE) is seeking nominations of environmental advocates and environmental projects that exemplify environmentally-sound practices to be recognized at its annual Environmental Awards Program on April 18, 2012.  All nomination entries must be postmarked by Friday, January 13, 2012.

All submissions will be evaluated in one of the following categories:

  • Environmental Advocate -  Individual in Fulton County who supports activities that  protect the environment and exemplify environmentally sound practices
  • Best Development Development in Fulton County that implements proactive and Innovative  best management practices
  • Environmental Program Fulton County programs that focus on environmental awareness and pollution prevention

One award will be presented in the E

Practicing What They Preach: Turner Construction Atlanta Achieves LEED Gold Certification for Their

Practicing What They Preach: Turner Construction Atlanta Achieves LEED Gold Certification for Their

Company’s commitment to green construction
practices starts with their own offices

Turner Construction Atlanta, a leader in environmentally friendly building practices, recently received a Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the United States Green Building Council for renovation of their own Atlanta offices. Turner is Atlanta’s largest LEED builder and incorporates sustainable elements into every project.

For Winston Williams, the company’s Green Champion, the space is a demonstration of Turner’s real commitment to sustainability. “Green building practices are an important movement in construction today,” he says. “We embrace those values not only for our clients, but for ourselves as well.”

Green features of the space include:

Deal appoints new Ga. EPD director

Deal appoints new Ga. EPD director

ATLANTA -- Jud Turner has been appointed director of the Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

The DNR board made the appointment official this week after Gov. Nathan Deal nominated Turner for the post.

Turner replaces F. Allen Barnes, who is leaving to work in the private sector.

Turner is a founding partner in the law firm Turner, Bachman & Garrett LLC and public affairs firm Georgia360 LLC. He was former Gov. Sonny Perdue's lead attorney and represented the governor during negotiations with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service during the state's severe drought.

Turner has also served as general counsel to the Georgia Department of Education.

South Fulton Citizens Can Take Advantage of Free Bulk Waste Disposal on Saturday, November 19

South Fulton Citizens Can Take Advantage of Free Bulk Waste Disposal on Saturday, November 19

Fulton County Commissioner William “Bill” Edwards, District 7 will once again
sponsor Bulk Waste Amnesty Day on Saturday November 19, 2011 between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Residents can dispose of bulk trash at no cost.  Large items such as old refrigerators, furniture,
electronics, televisions, keyboards, monitors, printers and automotive tires (limit of four
un-mounted tires) will be accepted.  The drop-off locations will not accept paints, household chemicals, batteries, waste from construction or demolition debris.  Yard waste will be accepted at Merk Road only. 

Bulk Waste Amnesty Days are scheduled to encourage residents to remove large waste items that tarnish the beauty of South Fulton neighborhoods.

The Public Works Department has designated the following three drop off locations for discarded items:

Merk Road Transfer Station
3225 Merk Road
College Park, GA 30349
(404) 629-1700
8:30 a.m.

Free bulk waste disposal for South Fulton seniors

Free bulk waste disposal for South Fulton seniors

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. -- Fulton County Commissioner Bill Edwards (District 7) will host a Bulk Waste Amnesty Day between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19.

South Fulton residents can bring large trash items to three College Park locations at no cost.

Acceptable waste includes refrigerators, furniture, electronics and tires; items like paint, household chemicals, batteries and construction waste cannot be taken.

Senior citizens are encouraged to participate in Bulk Waste Amnesty Day. For assistance, call 404-612-7400 before Saturday.

Drop-off locations include:

* Creel Park (2775 Creel Road)
* Merk Road Transfer Station (3225 Merk Road)
* South Fulton Service Center (5601 Stonewall Tell Road)