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Researchers are starting an environmental monitoring program in the Georgia community of Shell Bluff. 

The community is south of Augusta on the Savannah River, near a nuclear power plant and a federal nuclear facility. Some residents are worried about the potential for contamination.

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There’s a polluted waterway that runs from downtown Atlanta to the Chattahoochee River. It’s called Proctor Creek.

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For decades, it’s caused problems for people who live near it.  Now, there’s a lot more attention on the future of the creek, and neighborhoods on the Westside.

This is part of a continuing series about Proctor Creek that airs on "Morning Edition" with WABE host Denis O'Hayer.

Closer Look: Environmental Justice; FAFSA; And More

Oct 3, 2016
credit Georgia Tech’s Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain

Monday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) arrives at a press conference across the street from the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison to speak with the media after visiting with death row inmate Troy Anthony Davis in Jackson, Georgia, Thursday, May 29, 2009.
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Georgia Congressman Hank Johnson says he wants to tighten regulations on coal ash, a byproduct from burning coal for electricity that can contain toxic materials, including arsenic and mercury. Coal ash can also be reused in products like wallboard and concrete.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has said it's safe to store it in municipal landfills, but Johnson said he'd like to see that decision changed.