These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

  • Voters in New Orleans voted down a property tax increase, which would have been used to fund police and fire departments. With 95% of the precincts reporting, voters rejected the tax by some 1,700 votes, 53% to 47%.
  • In Rome, Georgia, two coal ash ponds will be sealed within the next 2 years as part of Georgia Power’s plan to cap many of the utility’s coal ash ponds. Closing all 29 of the utility’s coal ash ponds throughout the state is expected to cost more than $1 billion.
  • In Illinois, workers are cleaning up more than 200 leaking underground storage tanks. However, a battle over the state’s budget is causing headaches for contractors who are counting on financing from the government.