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Lawsuit Targets Alleged Health Problems Near Plant Scherer

A Macon lawyer says he'll file a dozen lawsuits Thursday, claiming that a coal-burning power plant in Monroe County has caused health problems for its neighbors.

Brian Adams says the lawsuits come out of meetings last November, with people who live around Plant Scherer near Juliette.

Wednesday in DeKalb County, he said he'll file 12 suits on behalf of about 20 people. Adams says the suit is being filed in the Atlanta area because most of the defendants are based there.

His news release says the suits are aimed at Georgia Power, Vulcan Materials and "other entities." His firm, Gatreaux & Adams, and a New York firm, Napoli, Bern, Ripka and Shkolnik are collaborating on the suits.

He wouldn not describe the health problems, but said more rounds of lawsuits are in the works.

Environmentalists call Georgia Power one of the nation's dirtiest coal-burning power plants, and some people in the Juliette believe the plant has polluted their water and caused serious health problems for their families.

Back in November, the plant's owners issued this statement:  "Georgia Power and Plant Scherer comply with standards for air and water quality that are set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD)."



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