Georgia has a host of environmental problems from which no population is exempt. The stench that used to come out of the Hercules/Pinova/DRT smokestacks reached all the way to the Atlantic shore on Saint Simons Island. The stench and ash from the Koch Brother’s Brunswick Cellulose plant reaches all the way to the marshes of Glynn and beyond. Indeed, their air pollution permit, issued by DNR under the auspices of the EPA, specifies that preservation areas that are not to be impacted (Wolfe Island and the Okefenokee Swamp) are over 25 miles away. Their permit also allows many pounds of mercury to be sent up into the air and then deposited into water bodies who knows where.
Why is this possible? Because the EPA regulatory regime is based on the (false) assumption that industry upgrades regularly. So, new limits on the emission of toxins only go into effect when plant improvements occur. The Koch brothers are known for buying up antiquated plant and relying on bandaids until there is a market collapse.
Using permits to prevent the environment from being poisoned was a bad idea, but consistent with the history of federal assistance to commercial enterprise. Exploiting organisms, and that includes people, for commercial success has been the prime mover since Europeans arrived in the Americas, the land of milk and honey where the streets were paved with gold and no-talent manipulators could thrive off other people’s work. Isn’t that the American Dream? And is not Donald John Trump its epitome?