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Battle Against Gas Prices
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Jan 17, 2013 | 1522 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jones County’s Atlanta Gas Committee is beginning the new year with an effort to unite other counties suffering from inflated gas prices mandated by state environmental regulations.

Jones County Commissioner Tommy Robinson and environmental officer Tiffany Davis sent a letter to representatives of Chattooga, Lumpkin, Banks, Madison, Clarke, Oconee, Morgan, Putnam, Monroe, and Upson counties with the hope of presenting a united front to state and federal officials.

The letter explained that environmental regulations are tightening up and small counties are feeling the effect of those regulations.

In 2003, the EPA mandated that the Georgia EPD design a plan that would help reduce the amount of ozone emissions that affect the state. It was in this plan designed by the Environmental Protection Division, a state agency, and approved by the Environmental Protection Agency, which is federal, that Jones and other counties were labeled as an area of influence on Atlanta’s pollution.

“The supporting documentation as to why we were added doesn’t seem to match the ‘financial hardship’ that it places upon us. Since we were deemed an area of influence, we are required by law to sell only low-sulfur fuel, which drives the price up by a substantial amount,” the letter stated.

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