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Stephen Morton / Associated Press

Trash on the beach: This may conjure an image of plastic bags or bottles washed up on the sand. But a lot of the plastic in the ocean is very small, even microscopic. It’s called microplastic, and a study of the Georgia coast finds that most it is coming from our laundry. The tiny threads of plastic out there floating in the ocean known as microfibers come from things like sheets and clothes.

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On Tuesday, Georgia Power asked the Public Service Commission to lower fuel rates for customers because of lower natural gas prices.
David Tulis / Associated Press

Georgia Power says it's making progress on closing its coal ash ponds. Of its 29 ponds around the state, three that are located near rivers or streams have been emptied of ash completely, according to the utility.