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Proposed electric vehicle plant sparks controversy among residents

AJC Hyosub Shin

A group of residents near the site of the proposed Rivian plant in Morgan and Walton counties is filing new lawsuits designed to stop the project.

The AJC reports the suits accuse the state of illegally circumventing local zoning codes and land disturbance permits while local officials refuse to enforce their codes. An attorney representing the group says his clients had to file two lawsuits, one in Fulton County and one in Morgan County to individually sue the state and the county.

The Georgia Department of Economic Development says the new lawsuits are an attempt to slow down work on the Rivian project and have no legal basis. While the project enjoys support among many community and business leaders, it has generated vocal opposition from residents who worry the massive EV factory will upend their rural way of life by influencing further development and generating traffic.