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A least tern checks her two eggs on the beach in Gulfport, Miss., Saturday, May 1, 2010.
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Chemicals from a Superfund site near Brunswick move up and down the Georgia coast by traveling up the food chain. A recent study by University of Georgia scientists suggests the contamination is more widely spread than researchers had thought.

The particular pollution the study looked at is called Aroclor 1268, one of a class of chemicals called PCBs. It comes from the LCP chemical site near Brunswick, which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been cleaning up since the 1990s.  

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It's been a good year for sea turtles on the Georgia coast. Scientists have found 2,022 nests so far, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

The vast majority of the nests belonged to loggerheads, but researchers have also turned up five green turtle nests and one leatherback nest. All three species are protected by the state and federal government.

The nesting season is tapering off now, but the Georgia DNR believes this will end up being a recording-breaking year, topping 2013's record of 2,289 nests.

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It’s sea turtle nesting season. Endangered loggerhead turtles nest on the Georgia coast, and this year their numbers look good.

“We’ve got about 600 nests so far,” said Jason Lee, the Program Manager for Coastal Nongame Conservation Section with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. “We’re probably about halfway into the number of nests that we will have.”

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources monitors loggerhead numbers since they’re an endangered species.

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One of Georgia’s barrier islands now has permanent protection.

Little St. Simons is privately owned and has already been preserved. Now, through a legal agreement with the Nature Conservancy, the 11,000-acre island will stay that way. The Nature Conservancy will help the current owner, a limited liability company called Whimbrel, manage the land.  

Eddie Reddick at his family's tree farm in Screven County. He says Kinder Morgan surveyors damaged some of his crop.
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Georgia will not permit the energy company Kinder Morgan to use eminent domain to build a pipeline along the Savannah River, then down the coast to Florida.

"I find that there is substantial evidence showing that the pipeline would not constitute a public convenience and necessity," Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurry wrote in the final decision, released Tuesday morning.