The Georgia Senate has passed and sent to the desk of Governor Brian Kemp a bill that will ban the burning of creosote-coated railroad ties in Georgia: the measure was pushed by environmentalists and others in Franklin and Madison counties, who have energy production facilities in those counties that have been burning those railroad ties. The bill was shepherded through the Senate by Madison County Republican Frank Ginn.
“This started off as a great opportunity. They were going to use clean wood chips and C and D waste as their fuel stock. I looked at this power plant as a real opportunity to bring investment into the county. But the laws got changed. When they changed the federal regulations, the plant looked at it as an opportunity. It changed from the time they came and talked to us until they started operations. I need your help to get this bill passed. It passed unanimously in the House. We need to pass it unanimously here,” Ginn said. The Senate vote was unanimous.