Plant Scherer under review

Potential health effects of emissions from Plant Scherer near Macon are under a new review by the state. It comes after some residents reported high levels of uranium in nearby wells.

The Department of Public Health will start by analyzing existing environmental data about the Juliette coal plant’s emissions and its nearby coal ash pond, which stores coal waste.

If officials find that more data needs to be collected, they can perform new emissions tests as part of a public health assessment.

The health department’s Carla Coley says residents’ complaints of gastro-intestinal diseases and other ailments prompted the study.

“The concerns that have been mentioned to us are elevated levels of uranium in groundwater supplies, which they feel may be related to releases from the plant,” she said in an interview. “There are neurological disorders and G.I. disorders, that can’t be explained.”

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