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EPD wants your opinion, so they can ignore it

If you believe the folks at the state Environmental Protection Division, you'd think that their public meeting June 28 is to gather input on their proposal to further delay implementing a plan that would clean up Atlanta's air.

EPD representatives will accept written and oral comments from anyone who shows up.

Actually, the EPD already wrote the letter asking Stanley Meiburg, acting regional director at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, for a one-year extension. And the letter is dated June 29, the day after the public meeting.

Still, environmentalists are trying their darnedest to get the EPD to listen.

"We're trying to make this into a living, breathing meeting, instead of just a formality that the EPD goes through so they can delay healthy air for another year," says Allison Kelly of the Georgia Environment Enforcement Project.

EPD officials say they want an extension so they can see what neighboring states do to lessen air pollution, because that will affect what Georgia will have to do.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Floyd Room of the Sloppy Floyd Building across from the Capitol.??





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