It remains to be seen whether a bill to ban creosote as a fuel source for electricity producers will be approved by the Georgia General Assembly.

But local citizens’ efforts in recent months remind me that residents actually can have political power when they are passionate, diligent and present in front of their representatives in government. Enough people have cried out against the burning of vast quantities of creosote ties in this community to make local leaders take notice and then act to protect citizens. County commissioners passed a resolution Monday supporting a bill introduced by Reps. Alan Powell and Tom McCall to eliminate creosote-treated wood as a biomass fuel source. Getting legislation through the Gold Dome is no small task. But that bill would not exist without local citizens appealing to their representatives to consider their lives as holding real worth against the dollar.

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