March 25, 2013 — Sen. Ross Tolleson lost badly last week when he tried an end run around a judge’s ruling protecting Georgia wetlands. Tolleson, who chairs the Natural Resources Committee, took to the well Friday seeking to amend an unrelated bill with language that, he said, would clarify the state’s rules for development around state waters. The amendment would also have cleared the way, however, for Grady County to proceed with building a 960-acre lake near Cairo, Ga.
State environmental officials broke their own rules when they gave Forsyth County a sewage discharge permit that would have unnecessarily polluted the Chattahoochee River, a judge ruled this week. The judge ordered the state to reduce fecal coliform limits by 88 percent and phosphorus limits by 73 percent for new discharges from two Forsyth County sewage treatment plants.