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.
Attorney General Thurbert Baker has been asked to opine on whether political campaigns may make unlimited financial contributions to other campaigns. A decision by the State Ethics Commission last week raised the possibility that unopposed candidates with fat campaign accounts could give unlimited amounts to candidates in close races, creating a legal path to circumvent contribution limits.
DeKalb County expects by January to approve school closings to reduce the number of “empty seats” — as many as 16,000, or more than 500 classrooms — over the next six years. At-risk schools are clustered primarily in southwest, central and east DeKalb. (The math seems a little fuzzy, as individual schools’ numbers do NOT necessarily add up to the totals printed on maps released Friday. No one said you’d have to do math to close schools, right?)