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EPA joins DeKalb County for ribbon cutting ceremony at the Seminole Landfill Green Energy Facility Facility meets energy needs while protecting the environment
Release Date: 12/07/2006
Contact Information: Harris-Young, (404) 562-8421, firstname.lastname@example.org
(ATLANTA – December 7, 2006) EPA Deputy Regional Administrator Stan Meiburg and DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Vernon Jones will join the Sanitation Division of the DeKalb County Public Works Department to celebrate the opening of the Green Energy Facility at the Seminole Landfill in Ellenwood, Ga. This is one of the first projects to supply power to Georgia Power as part of its new green energy program.
The DeKalb Sanitation Division is capturing gas from the Seminole Landfill to create electricity in an innovative approach to meet the area’s energy needs and address current environmental challenges. The Green Energy Facility currently produces 3.2 Mega Watts per hour, providing enough electricity to power over 2,000 homes. In the early stages of the green energy program, Georgia Power will use methane gas, created by the decay of landfill waste, as its primary form of biomass energy. This project will offset fossil fuel greenhouse gas emissions of 17,100 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents per year, the equivalent to removing emissions from 3,300 vehicles on the nation’s roads, reducing oil consumption by 40,000 barrels, or planting 4,700 acres of forest.
WHAT: Ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Green Energy Facility in Ellenwood, Ga.
WHO: EPA Deputy Regional Administrator Stan Meiburg and DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Vernon Jones
WHEN: Friday, December 8, 2006 at 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Seminole Landfill
- 4203 Clevemont Road
Ellenwood, GA 30294