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This Week in GeorgiaGov: Environmental Protection
Today, April 29, Air Quality Awareness Week kicks off to educate Georgians about the health effects of air pollution and the meaningful actions they can take to improve outdoor air quality.
Georgia expanded its investment in clean water, tourism and public health this month by adding more than 9,500 acres to the Townsend and Flat Tub wildlife management areas along the Altamaha and Ocmulgee Rivers.
This October, The Clean Air Campaign, the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and local transportation management associations have organized the first-ever Bike to Work Challenge. The Bike to Work Challenge encourages current and new bicycle commuters to compete as individuals or on teams with other cycling enthusiasts in the metro Atlanta area.
The Georgia Forestry Commission is joining with 13 other states to launch the Southeast Arson Task Force, the first of its kind in the nation. A federal grant is funding the project, which will advance the training for fire investigators in member states, most of which are understaffed and underfunded.
In an effort to reduce state employee commute times, Governor Nathan Deal recently initiated the Georgia CommuteSmart Program. The plan includes four commuter options for agencies and state employees to choose from, allowing for more flexibility in their work travel schedule.
With Gulf-area refineries struggling to meet fuel supply demands in the wake of Hurricane Isaac, the Environmental Protection Agency this week announced that it would temporarily waive Clean Air Act requirements that states sell only low volatility gasoline during the summer.