For readers not familiar with the Madison County Clean Power Coalition (MCCPC) and their fight against the biomass power plant in Colbert, Georgia, we recommend checking out our video on that topic here. -APN
Like the news we hear everyday, information about GRP [Georgia Renewable Power, owner of the Colbert biomass power plant] can leave you wondering what is true and what is not. The message on the billboard sign on Hwy. 72 in Colbert, that GRP is polluting this area, is absolutely true. Air, land, water, noise and light pollution are all part of the normal operations at GRP.
These issues are never mentioned when the GRP’s benefits to Madison County are discussed. They are the hidden cost of biomass energy production that GRP and the people who promote it don’t want you to hear about.
These hidden costs are destroying the quality of lives of your fellow citizens living near the plant. They are also affecting you. For almost a year MCCPC has asked for help and made suggestions on how best to solve the pollution problems at GRP. Some progress has been made. As a direct result of the efforts of concerned citizens, MCCPC’s first goal to stop the burning of toxic creosote railroad cross ties has been achieved.
HB 857 which prohibits the burning of rail road crossties as fuel for commercial power production is now the law state in all of Georgia. There is still a lot more that needs to be done.
MCCPC’s next goal is to get GRP to reduce the noise level created by the power plant. Noise pollution is dangerous and can cause many serious health problems. MCCPC’s research into the noise pollution problem shows that this goal can be accomplished. It will take the same effort by all of us working together to make this happen. Unfortunately the COVID-19 crisis makes it almost impossible to mount the same grassroots effort regarding the noise pollution problem.
We are working hard on the noise problem and doing everything we can to keep the public informed and involved. In the absence of public meetings we feel that the billboard on Hwy.72 is a safe and necessary way to make the public aware of the pollution problems at GRP. Public pressure seems to be only way to bring about the necessary changes to correct the problems and protect all of us from GRP’s hidden costs.
If you support our efforts and would like to help us achieve our goals please consider making a donation to the Madison County Clean Power Coalition. We are a 501(c)(3). Your donation is tax deductible. For more information or to make a donation, visit our website at madisoncleanpowercoalition.com.
Donations can be mailed to: MCCPC, PO Box 13, Colbert, GA, 30628.
For more information about the effects of noise pollution, check out this report from the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League.