Residents sue Georgia Power claiming coal ash pollution

JULIETTE, Ga. — Residents near a middle Georgia power plant are suing Georgia Power Co., alleging the plant is poisoning their well water. The suit filed Wednesday in Fulton County Superior Court alleges the electric utility has illegally released toxic heavy metals from coal ash at Plant Scherer into groundwater. Georgia Power is a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Co. The 45 residents live near the plant in rural Juliette. The lawsuit says neighbors to the plant have suffered from health problems including cancer, cardiovascular and immune disorders because of tainted well water. Georgia Power denies wrongdoing. Spokesman John Kraft noted a similar lawsuit that dealt with uranium levels in groundwater was voluntarily dismissed in 2014.

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