In recent years, many have reported on the health risks of living near a coal fired plant. Plant Scherer is the 7th largest power plant and the largest producer of CO2 in the US. The residents in the area have growing concerns about their air and drinking water. In collaboration with UGA and Sierra Club, two other students and I conducted several rounds of drinking water sampling for concerned residents. This required preparing a sampling plan, collecting samples using the appropriate techniques, measuring samples on an ICP-MS, and writing reports for the general public. From this, I gained not only technical skills but also experience in communicating with the media, working in a fragile situation, and managing various (some very powerful) stake holders.

Plant Scherer