Residents Sue Coal Plant Operator for Health Problems

Over a dozen residents living in the shadow of Georgia Power's coal-fired Plant Scherer generator in Monroe County are suing the company over health problems they have suffered due to pollutants in the area.

Flying in the face of this lawsuit, however, is the fact that new EPA test results seem to suggest that the uranium and other metals present in the water occur naturally and are likely not a result of contamination from Plant Scherer's giant coal ash pond.

The attorney representing the residents suing Georgia Power acknowledges those findings, but explains there is more going on around Plant Scherer than just heavy metals in the water.

"The lawsuits cover the air issues, the water issues, the soil issues, all areas of contamination that are coming from the plant," he said. "We have private companies that are independent that are doing lab testing, and there's certainly more to the story than just the naturally occurring problem."

The attorneys claim is not unsupported—the Georgia Department of Health has been investigating air and soil contamination in the region for quite some time. The agency is expected to release its long-awaited report on the issues later in April.

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