Cobb investigates Sterigenics plant's change in occupancy status!
Cobb County is investigating a sudden change in building occupancy status by Sterigenics in regards to its controversial medical sterilization facility near Smyrna.
The company recently obtained a building permit from the county to install extra measures to capture and control emissions of the carcinogenic chemical ethylene oxide, which it uses in gas form to sterilize over a million medical devices every day.
Ethylene oxide is highly combustible and when combined with water it forms the main ingredient used in antifreeze.
In the Aug. 15 permit documents, Sterigenics lists its building occupancy type as "industrial-high hazard," despite previously listing it as "storage."
This change in status prompted the county's Development and Inspections Division to review whether this move is warranted, Cobb communications director Ross Cavitt told the MDJ on Thursday.
"It was only when Sterigenics applied for a permit in late July for their current project did they list a change in their occupancy status," he said. "During this review, the county has placed a hold on the company's permit request. This review is ongoing."
The permit allows Sterigenics to complete the emissions control work, which began on Aug. 26 and is expected to finish in early October.
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Residents living within the municipal boundaries of Acworth, Austell, Kennesaw, Powder Springs or Smyrna have until Oct. 7 to register to vote in the Nov. 5 General Election.
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Marietta school board to consider builder for Lemon Street project
MARIETTA - MDJ Source - Pending Marietta school board approval, the same company that is renovating the former school of Martin Luther King Jr. could also be awarded the construction contract for a central office project at historic sites in Marietta.
Parrish Construction Group is contracting with Atlanta Public Schools on the renovation of the shuttered David T. Howard building in Old Fourth Ward, which will reopen next year as Howard Middle School, according to Marietta district officials. King attended school at the Howard building.
The Marietta school board is scheduled to vote at its Sept. 17 meeting on whether to contract with Parrish Construction for a new central office replicating the former Lemon Street High School and renovation of the Lemon Street Grammar School.
High School Graduation Rates
The Cobb County School District graduation rate grew slightly higher in the spring, according to figures released by the Georgia Department of Education.
The district's four-year rate for 2019 is 86.98%, a 1.8-percentage point increase from 2018. Marietta City Schools, which only has one high school, had a graduation four-year rate of 75.73% in 2019, which is a .43 percentage point drop from 2018.
Graduation rates around the region include 87.2% for Fulton County, 80.9% for Gwinnett County, 78% for Atlanta Public Schools and 73.4% for DeKalb County. The state's graduation rate graduation rate also inched higher to reach 82 percent in the spring.
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