Georgia Environmental Protection Division

Georgia Annual Burn Ban Now in Effect Until End of September

May 2, 2021

An outdoor burning ban is now in effect in 54 counties in Georgia through Sept. 30. The Augusta Chrnicle reports the annual summer burn ban prohibits residents from burning any yard or land clearing debris.  Some exceptions include agricultural burning exemptions, forestry prescribed burning exemptions, campfires or barbeques, firefighting training, operation of open flame equipment and explosives disposal. Violators of the burn ban could face fines. The annual ban has been in place since 2005.

State Worried Over High Carcinogen Levels in Georgia City

Oct 21, 2019

State regulators are expressing concern about high levels of a gaseous carcinogen in a Georgia city where a medical sterilization company leaked the chemical last month.

The chief of the air protection branch at the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, Karen Hays, says the elevated levels of ethylene oxide represent an "unacceptable" risk of cancer. The agency also said in a statement Thursday that it regrets not notifying the public about the chemical's dangers sooner.

Rivers Alive Cleanup Returns In October

Oct 8, 2018

The waterways of Athens will get an annual cleanup on Saturday, October 20 thanks to volunteers from around the area.

Expected to be 2018’s largest single volunteer effort to beautify Georgia waters, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division’s Rivers Alive cleanup will remove trash and other debris.

The 2017 cleanup saw 405 volunteers clean up 3.1 tons of trash, 1 ton of recycling, and 150 tires statewide.

Georgia's Toxic Sites Await Cleanup as Funds are Diverted

Feb 19, 2018
Georgia Water Coalition

Georgia has more than 500 hazardous sites in need of costly cleanup, but an analysis of state spending shows that it routinely shorts the trust fund that's supposed to pay for them.

Less than half of the $14.5 million in fees the state collects on average for hazardous waste cleanup annually is spent on that need, a WSB-TV analysis of state budget figures shows. The rest goes into Georgia's general fund for other purposes.