Entries by David Pendered

'Clean 13' list of water heroes includes Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Athens brewery


The Georgia Water Coalition on Thursday named Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Fulton County’s Board of Commissioners to the 2019 list Clean 13 Water Heroes. Terrapin Beer Co. in Athens made the list, as did Marine and Army veteran Truck Carlson in Augusta and state Rep. Debbie Buckner, a Democrat from Junction City.

A Georgia vote reveals innate tension between energy, environmental policies


The complete story of last week’s vote in Congress to ban offshore oil drilling isn’t evident in the final tally of votes. A “No” vote from Georgia’s representative from the coast belies his efforts to support the opposition to drilling off Georgia’s coast that’s been voiced by his constituents and Gov. Brian Kemp.

Planned quarry expansion flies under radar near ATL airport, in Chattahoochee basin


A proposal to expand a rock quarry near Atlanta’s airport has flown under the radar amid the controversy over a plan to mine sand near the Okefenokee Swamp. The local quarry owner excavated wetlands in an unregulated venture in previous work at the site and later bought mitigation credits, and the planned expansion follows settlement of a federal antitrust lawsuit, federal records show.

Atlanta opens door to future Druid Hills' annexations, affirms preservation rules


Atlanta has put the force of city law behind promises to protect the historic integrity of the Druid Hills neighborhood and not seek to annex adjacent properties for 10 years. Of note, the city specifically held the door open for future annexations in the area, according to legislation adopted Tuesday by the Atlanta City Council.

Politics of federal hurricane relief on display in N.C. as storm approaches Georgia


Hurricane damage repair costs have prompted North Carolina highway officials to announce layoffs of more than 500 road maintenance workers, and to predict delays in repairing storm-damaged roads in the future. Politics may have a role in this transportation scuffle, along with other skirmishes in a two-party state on a level that Georgia hasn’t yet experienced.

Plant Vogtle: Fairly strong credit rating awarded $275 million in construction bonds


A partner in the Plant Vogtle nuclear power plant project has received a fairly positive rating from Moody’s Investors Service on debt it plans to sell in September to continue its share of construction funding. That said, analysts advised potential investors of pending challenges and reminded of the upcoming construction status report due by Aug. 30.

Master planned Pinewood Forest likely to outlast any changes at Pinewood Studio


Pinewood Forest has always been a concept town – a place where high tech helps create a nostalgic sense of simpler times, where the noise of air conditioners is largely replaced by silent geothermal cooling systems. Its future growth seems as secure as any residential development, a regional planner observed – even amid the changes surrounding Pinewood Atlanta Studios.