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As a homeowner, you know that your HVAC unit is one of the most important components in your house. It keeps you cool during hot summer days and warm on chilly winter nights. When it's working properly, it's easy to forget its important role in your everyday life. But when it malfunctions, you quickly remember how crucial heating and AC repair in Dock Junction, GA, is for your family.

At Liberty Heating & Air, our mission is to ensure your cooling and heating systems remain effective throughout the year at the lowest prices available. Unlike some of our competitors, we prefer to put our customers first before anything else. We believe in doing right by the folks who choose our business. Cutting corners to save a few bucks? Annoying sales pitches to try and sell you new parts or equipment? That's just not the way we do business.

When you choose Liberty Heating & Air, you can rest easy knowing you won't have to pay outlandish fees for our services. As a licensed, bonded heating and air conditioning company, we know how important trust is when it comes to the nature of our business. We go above and beyond other HVAC companies and treat your home like it was our own. That way, you have peace of mind knowing you and your family are in capable, responsible hands.

We take pride in providing our customers with the highest quality service. Our highly trained technicians have experience handling all aspects of HVAC repair, from routine maintenance problems to advanced A/C unit installation projects in Dock Junction, GA.

Through hard work, honesty, and integrity, we have built a loyal customer base that continues to grow each month. It would be our honor to call you our customer too. Whether you need a routine maintenance check or emergency heater repair in Dock Junction, we are here for you every step of the way, 24-hours a day.

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Why Choose Liberty Heating & Air?

We get it - there are a lot of A/C companies out there to sift through. You want to be sure you choose the best company for your needs and budget.

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Here are just a few reasons why our customers choose Liberty Heating & Air over other HVAC companies in South Georgia:

Authorized Carrier and Goodman Dealer:

Authorized Carrier and Goodman Dealer:

We're authorized to service and sell two of the most respected brands in the heating and A/C industry. No matter what size home you own, our technicians are fully equipped to handle any HVAC issue with your Goodman, Carrier, or other air conditioning units.

Insured, Bonded, and Licensed:

Insured, Bonded, and Licensed:

We go the extra mile to ensure that our customers feel safe and protected when they hire our team. We treat your home like it was our own, from the moment we step foot on your property to the time we pull out of your driveway.

Fair Pricing

Fair Pricing

We understand that money doesn't just grow on trees. You work hard to make an honest living and need reasonable pricing on A/C repair and other HVAC services. At Liberty Heating & Air, you'll never have to worry about us charging you outrageous prices.

Flexible Financing

Flexible Financing

Has your heater gone out in the middle of a freezing January night? A/C unit quit working in the middle of summer? Despite some common red flags that you can keep an eye out for, you can never really plan for an HVAC malfunction. That's why we offer emergency HVAC services in Dock Junction, 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

Year-Round Discounts

Year-Round Discounts

With Ft. Stewart just a few minutes away, Dock Junction has one of Georgia's largest active military populations. It is our honor to offer current and retired military members and their families discounted prices on their next service appointment. We also offer up to 10% off for Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Members. It's our small way of giving back to those who have sacrificed so much for our liberty.

Free Estimates

Free Estimates

From new unit installations to air conditioning repair, it would be our pleasure to provide you with a free estimate on our services.

Emergency Service

Emergency Service

Has your heater gone out in the middle of a freezing January night? A/C unit quit working in the middle of summer? Despite some common red flags that you can keep an eye out for, you can never really plan for an HVAC malfunction. That's why we offer emergency HVAC services in Dock Junction, 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

Flexible Financing

Flexible Financing:

When your A/C unit or heater breaks suddenly, it can be hard to squeeze repairs into your budget. To make sure all of our customers are comfortable in their homes, we offer financing options to make your life easier.

Air Conditioning Repair in Dock Junction, GA

Here in southern Georgia, our summers can be extremely hot and humid. Trying to live in a home without A/C a South Georgia summer isn't just a bad idea; it can be downright deadly. Fortunately, Liberty Heating & Air is here to help with all of your A/C needs. There's no A/C issue that our highly trained HVAC technicians haven't seen before, and no job too small or large for us to tackle. Whether your A/C system needs a basic issue resolved, or you need a new AC unit installed at your house, our team will be at your door in no time.

We have the experience and training to service all major air conditioning systems, from ductless systems to central air setups. We're authorized to service Goodman to Carrier brands, but the truth is it doesn't matter what A/C unit brand you have - our team can fix it all. If your unit is beyond repair, we can walk you through the process of installing a new A/C system and suggest appropriate units that will work well for your home.

Here are just a few of the most common A/C repair services we offer in Dock Junction and the surrounding area:

  • Electrical repair
  • Compressor Repair
  • Refrigerant Leaks
  • Refrigerant Recharges
  • Replace Blower Motor
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Common Signs That
You Need AC Repair in
Dock Junction, GA

Once springtime rolls around, it's very important that you keep your eyes and ears open for any potential warning signs that your A/C unit needs to be repaired. The last thing you need is to be caught off guard when June, July, and August are in full swing. Knowledge is power, and at Liberty Heating & Air, committed to keeping our customers in the loop about potential A/C repair warning signs. That way, you can take preventative steps rather than reactive ones.

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Loud-Unusual-Noises
Loud, Unusual Noises

Don't be alarmed if your A/C unit makes low-level noises throughout the day and night - these sounds are completely normal. However, if you hear loud, unusually abrupt noises coming from your unit, it may be time to have it repaired. Buzzing or rattling noises can mean a part is loose, while grinding or whistling can signal a more serious problem. Because these types of issues won't work themselves out on their own, a professional is needed to diagnose and correct the problem.

Strong-Odors
Strong Odors

If you notice strange, smelly odors permeating throughout your home, your first instinct may be to grab the air freshener. However, unpleasant odors can be a sign that your A/C unit needs attention. Our A/C repair techs will let you know what's going on and how a potential issue can be remediated with a quick diagnostic test.

Refrigerant or Water Leaks
Refrigerant or Water Leaks

Your A/C unit needs refrigerant to keep your home cool and comfortable when it's hot outside. It's common for condensation to accumulate as your system cools your home. With that said, if you notice pooling water or an active leak coming from your A/C system, it's time to call an A/C repair tech ASAP. Leaks can cause extensive damage to your home, and the problem needs to be addressed quickly.

Heater Repair in
Dock Junction, GA

South Georgia isn't known for its freezing temperatures, but one thing is for sure - wintertime in Dock Junction can get very cold. When the temps begin to drop, your home's furnace works properly. Modern homes have come a long way since the days of wood and coal. Your home's heater is complicated, and when one component fails, the entire system can be affected. In situations like these, it's important not to panic. Instead, give Liberty Heating & Air a call. Our trustworthy team of heating repair experts have the knowledge and training to repair your furnace fast, so you can get back to enjoying your home.

Here are just a few of the most common issues that we can help repair:

  • No Heat
  • Thermostat Malfunction
  • Heat Pump Replacement
  • Ignition and Pilot Problems
  • Noisy Heater
  • Emergency Services
  • Much More!
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Common Signs That You Need Furnace Repair in Dock Junction, GA

 Heating And Cooling Repair Dock Junction, GA

Today's heating systems are complex. At Liberty Heating & Air, our heating repair technicians receive ongoing training in all aspects of heating technology. That way, their skills stay sharp, and their techniques remain up to date. However, you don't need to be an expert to spot common signs that your heater may need to be repaired.

As colder months approach in Georgia, try to be aware of the following red flags:

Expensive Heating Bill

You're probably used to a more expensive electricity bill when winter hits Dock Junction. However, if you notice a huge price jump over last year's bill, it could be a sign that something is wrong with your heating system. Utility companies are known for raising prices gradually, but a dramatic leap is a cause for concern.

Uneven Heating
Uneven-Heating

Does your heater seem to work perfectly in some areas of your house but not others? Are some rooms too hot while others are drafty and cold? If so, your heater may need repairing. This is a common issue in older homes and requires an expert to inspect your heater and ducts for airflow problems.

Unhealthy Air Quality
Unhealthy Air Quality

If the air in your house is hazy no matter how much you dust, your heater may be the problem. A furnace that circulates mildew, dust, and other harmful particles isn't working correctly. This issue is particularly bad for people with asthma or respiratory illnesses. If you haven't changed your home's air filter recently, be sure to do so. If the problem persists, it's time to call Liberty Heating & Air.

New AC Installation
in Dock Junction, GA

You and your family depend on your home's A/C system to keep you cool and comfortable during the hottest months of the year. Unfortunately, breakdowns happen at the worst possible times - like in the middle of July when temperatures are over 90 degrees. If you have had to repair your A/C system more and more often, investing in a new cooling system will save you time and money in the long run.

As an Authorized Carrier and Goodman dealer - two of the most recognized and respected brands in our industry - we have the highest quality units available. We handle every aspect of your new A/C installation from start to finish. That way, you can focus on living your life rather than worrying about the next time your A/C goes out.

Curious when it might be time for a new A/C system?

Keep an eye out for these warning signs:

Dusty Furniture

 HVAC Dock Junction, GA

If you have kept your unit well-maintained and changed your air filter regularly, you shouldn't experience this problem. If you do, and your system is old, it can be more cost-effective to replace it and have your duct system analyzed to fix the root cause of your dust issue.

High Humidity

 HVAC Repair Services Dock Junction, GA

If it feels unusually sticky in your home, like you just spent a few hours outside in the summertime, there's a good chance that something is seriously wrong with your air conditioning. Your air conditioner's job is to pull moisture out of the air to keep your feeling cool inside. When that process fails, it can increase your risk of mold and mildew growth - and that's just the start.

Frequent Repairs

 HVAC Services Dock Junction, GA

When your repair bills end up costing more than a down payment on a new A/C system, it might make more financial sense to invest in a more modern unit. Compare how much it costs to have our maintenance technicians perform regular service vs. the cost of a new air conditioning installation. The results may surprise you.

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California Storms Impacting Multiple Park Units

The ongoing series of storms that has dropped more than 400 percent of the normal amount of rain California might expect has impacted multiple National Park System sites in the state. Here's a glance of some of the impacts and closures:Flooding has resulted in debris along many roads within the park boundaries. Please use caution when driving on paved roads and watch for road crews at work. Be aware that unimproved and dirt roads may be impassible due to washouts, so plan accordingly.Santa Barbara Island ClosedH...

The ongoing series of storms that has dropped more than 400 percent of the normal amount of rain California might expect has impacted multiple National Park System sites in the state. Here's a glance of some of the impacts and closures:

Flooding has resulted in debris along many roads within the park boundaries. Please use caution when driving on paved roads and watch for road crews at work. Be aware that unimproved and dirt roads may be impassible due to washouts, so plan accordingly.

Santa Barbara Island Closed

Heavy sea conditions during the most recent storm caused damage to the Santa Barbara Island wharf, associated buildings, and infrastructure. As a result, Santa Barbara Island is temporarily closed to the public until further notice.

The wharf dock was damaged during the recent storm cycle due to the heavy sea state. The Landing Cove Wharf is the only practical public access point to Santa Barbara Island. This temporary closure began January 6.

Re-opening:

Closed:

Visitor Center & Store Closures:

Closed due to recent storm activity:

Both entrances are currently closed due to extreme flood and wind. The campground remains open to visitors with existing reservations, but all park trails and roads are closed.

The National Weather Service has issued a gale warning through 9 p.m. Thursday for coastal waters between Point Arena & Point Reyes, including Tomales Bay. A gale warning means winds of 34–47 knots (39–54 mph) are imminent or occurring. Inexperienced mariners should seek safe harbor.

The following areas, buildings, areas, trails, and roads are closed until further notice:

There may be standing water along many sections of roads that are not closed. It is never safe to drive or walk into flood waters.

The Bear Valley Visitor Center has been affected by power outages during the early January storms. If there is a power outage, staff will remain present from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (if it is safe to do so) to answer questions and provide information, but the bookstore, auditorium, and museum exhibit areas will be closed. If the visitor center has power, it is scheduled to be fully open from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., although the hours are subject to change to ensure the safety of staff and visitors.

The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center and Lighthouse Visitor Center are closed until further notice.

The South Beach restrooms are closed until further notice.

Expect downed trees across trails throughout the forested areas of the park. If you encounter any downed trees, don't create new paths to get around the downed trees; do your best to follow the route of the official trail over, through, or under the downed tree, if it is safe to do so.

Report downed trees to the Bear Valley Visitor Center (415-464-5100 x2 x5) or to the Trail Crew (415-464-5154) or by email. Provide as many details as possible, e.g., exact location of the tree on which trail, type of tree (bay, fir, etc.), whether it is bushy or straight, its size and diameter, whether it is on the ground or elevated, whether equestrians can get around it, etc.

There are several areas in the park remaining closed due to ongoing storm impacts. Park campgrounds, roads, trails, and visitor centers are impacted. The Prairie Creek area of the park, including the Elk Prairie Campground, is currently closed. Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway and Prairie Creek Visitor Center are included in this closure. The entire Gold Bluffs Beach area is also closed.

Due to widespread rain and flood conditions, the Paramount Ranch, Cheeseboro, and Zuma Canyon parking lots are currently closed.

Generals Highway Closed between Foothills Visitor Center and Junction with Highway 180.

The highway into Sequoia is closed one mile past the entrance. Sequoia groves are currently only accessible in Grant Grove. Call (559)565-3341 (press 1, 1) for current road condition.

Until further notice, Wuksachi Lodge is closed due to impacts of winter storms on the Generals Highway. More winter storms will impact the area this weekend.

Due to impacts from recent winter storms, all park campgrounds are closed. The Azalea, South Fork, and Potwisha campgrounds will be re-opened when conditions allow.

Heavy rain and resulting flooding have washed out bridges along roads leading to two remote areas in the foothills of Sequoia National Park. It's not currently possible to drive to the South Fork and North Fork areas and trailheads.

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Biz Bits: Cruise line pledges money to pay for Lewiston dock

American Cruise Lines is working with the Port of Lewiston to construct a new dock on the Clearwater River.The company has promised it would pay for the dock, which would accommodate one cruise boat, as part of a plan that involves the port covering the cost of related infrastructure, such as roads, utilities and a parking lot, said Port of Lewiston General Manager Scott Corbitt.The proposed dock would be just downstream from the railroad bridge in Lewiston in Nez Perce County on the north side of the river, immediately east of...

American Cruise Lines is working with the Port of Lewiston to construct a new dock on the Clearwater River.

The company has promised it would pay for the dock, which would accommodate one cruise boat, as part of a plan that involves the port covering the cost of related infrastructure, such as roads, utilities and a parking lot, said Port of Lewiston General Manager Scott Corbitt.

The proposed dock would be just downstream from the railroad bridge in Lewiston in Nez Perce County on the north side of the river, immediately east of the Washington state border.

Overnight passenger cruise boats that travel from the Portland, Ore., area to the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley on the Columbia and Snake rivers are becoming an increasingly important source of tourism for the region.

Just before the COVID-19 pandemic struck in 2019, 19,000 tourists visited the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley on the vessels, generating $4 million in revenue for the area.

This year, the boats brought about 16,000 passengers to the area, up from 12,000 passengers in 2021, according to an email from Chris Rasmussen, executive director of the Port of Clarkston.

American Cruise Lines is one of the biggest companies in this market. Four of its vessels were on the route this year, in the season that starts in late February and runs through November. They were American Harmony, American West, American Pride and American Song.

The boats typically use berths at the Port of Clarkston, but previously officials have said the Port of Clarkston won’t have enough room to accommodate all of the boats with the industry’s forecasted growth.

The winery, which is based in Arrow Junction near Juliaetta, offers tastings, glasses and bottle sales of all its estate-grown wines at 505 E. Sherman Ave.

The main tasting room at Arrow Junction is open noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, noon to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Rivaura was established in 2015 by Ron Hewett Sr. and his sons, Ron Hewett Jr. and Reece Hewett, as well as Vince Hewett and Lane Hewett, who are the winemakers. Vince Hewett is the son of Ron Hewett Jr., and Lane Hewett is the son of Reece Hewett.

All of the grapes for Rivaura’s wines are raised at its vineyard at Arrow Junction on 30 acres 12 miles east of Lewiston in the Lewis Clark American Viticultural Area.

“We opened in 2019 with the hope of bringing high quality training in a world class facility to the valley,” according to the post, which thanks its members, who won’t be charged for December or January.

WSU researcher working to preserve Northwest’s Christmas tree industry

A Washington State University scientist is doing research to preserve the Pacific Northwest’s Christmas tree industry, which could be hampered by climate change.

He is selecting the best performers for hardiness, disease resistance, needle retention, structure and other factors in a research trial at the WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center and a large planting site in the Nisqually Valley.

Over the next two years, Chastagner will help establish orchards to produce seeds from the best mother trees to be planted as future Christmas trees, according to the news release.

About 40% of the nation’s Christmas trees are grown in the Pacific Northwest. Oregon is No. 1 in production, and Washington state is in the top five.

The region’s rainfall, mild climate, good soils and longer growing season allow producers to raise trees in a shorter rotation, which mitigates the costs of shipping them beyond the Western U.S., Chastagner said in the news release.

Those conditions are changing with heat domes, dry summers and warm falls that lack the cold temperatures needed for trees to retain their needles before harvest, he said.

Chastagner’s work is part of a 12-year partnership through the Collaborative Fir Germplasm Evaluation Project with scientists in Connecticut, Oregon, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Michigan.

“What we don’t do is add any more debt or unnecessary expenses to our budget. … no eating out, no shopping, no coffee… no movies, no entertainment (unless it’s free), no new debt, no manicures, no lottery tickets, no using your credit cards, at all,” according to the news release.

Meetings will be held every Friday in January for those who accept the challenge to give each other advice. Those who attend all four sessions will be eligible for a drawing for an Amazon gift card.

Monthly resume workshop planned at Asotin County Library

The two-hour event starts at 3 p.m. each session, and the next one is scheduled for Jan. 11. The December workshop that had been planned for this past week was canceled.

Recommendations about how participants can improve their resumes, apply for federal jobs and translate military skills into qualifications for civilian jobs are part of the sessions.

Georgia gives US solar panel manufacturing a big boost with a new factory

Seoul-headquartered PV solar-cell manufacturing giant Qcells today announced that it’s opening a new solar panel manufacturing facility in Dalton, Georgia.Georgia solar panel manufacturing grows againIt’s a $171 million expansion of Qcells’ existing solar module manufacturing plant in Dalton, and that will create 470 additional jobs. Total local Qcells employees will exceed 1,000 when the expansion is complete.Groundbreaking is planned for fall 2022 and operation is expected to commence within the fir...

Seoul-headquartered PV solar-cell manufacturing giant Qcells today announced that it’s opening a new solar panel manufacturing facility in Dalton, Georgia.

Georgia solar panel manufacturing grows again

It’s a $171 million expansion of Qcells’ existing solar module manufacturing plant in Dalton, and that will create 470 additional jobs. Total local Qcells employees will exceed 1,000 when the expansion is complete.

Groundbreaking is planned for fall 2022 and operation is expected to commence within the first half of 2023.

This latest domestic solar manufacturing expansion will boost production of advanced photovoltaic (PV) modules, and that will help the US work move toward its goal of decarbonizing the electric grid.

The new facility will produce 1.4 gigawatts (GW) of solar modules per year made with Qcells’ next-gen PV cells, a high-efficiency tunnel oxide passivated contact technology better known as TOPCon.

Combined with the existing 1.7-GW factory, the expansion will bring Qcells’ total capacity in the US to 3.1 GW; that’s equivalent to one-third of the country’s solar module manufacturing capacity.

Qcells CEO Justin Lee said:

Georgia has become the clean energy manufacturing heart of America, and we are proud to contribute to the state’s advanced manufacturing economy.

Qcells has the largest market share in the US commercial and residential markets and also supplies the utility-scale solar sector.

Senator Jon Ossoff (D-GA) met with Qcells’ parent company Hanwha in Seoul last year and has been actively pitching and securing additional clean energy investment in Georgia.

Ossoff also recently helped secure Hyundai’s investment in electric vehicles that will create over 8,000 jobs in Bryan County.

Washington, Georgia, embraces solar

Also in Georgia, WeSolar CSP, a minority-owned renewable energy tech and design company headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey, will design a solar farm along with a microgrid that will supply the City of Washington, Georgia, that will replace natural gas use. Washington is 90 miles east of Atlanta and has a population of around 4,000.

The project will comprise both solar panels and a concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP) technology.

WeSolar CSP’s CEO, Steve Anglin, said:

The citizens of the City of Washington will benefit by having a cleaner environment and experiencing price certainty in the face of the ever-increasing energy costs of fossil fuels.

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What’s that smell? Unpleasant odor wafts through Brunswick

BRUNSWICK, Ga. – What’s that smell? That’s a question Brunswick residents ask themselves daily.The source of the unpleasant odor, which has been compared to rotten eggs and sauerkraut, remains a mystery even to longtime residents who say they have gotten used to it over the years.Pamela Bailey, who has lived off Hampton Avenue for nearly four decades, told News4Jax the smell is nothing new, saying it’s more noticeable depending on which side of town you’re on.“I think ...

BRUNSWICK, Ga. – What’s that smell? That’s a question Brunswick residents ask themselves daily.

The source of the unpleasant odor, which has been compared to rotten eggs and sauerkraut, remains a mystery even to longtime residents who say they have gotten used to it over the years.

Pamela Bailey, who has lived off Hampton Avenue for nearly four decades, told News4Jax the smell is nothing new, saying it’s more noticeable depending on which side of town you’re on.

“I think it’s always been a mystery,” Bailey said. “They just haven’t solved it.”

It’s not like Bailey has a sensitive nose, either. In fact, Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division has received dozens of odor complaints throughout Glynn County since early December.

Some residents have even called 911 about it. Dispatch logs show one person called last month about an odor “coming into her home, making her sick,” while others have reported smelling gas.

Rachael Thompson, executive director for the Glynn Environmental Coalition, said the smell is ten times worse than usual, raising environmental, public health and mental health concerns.

While the Environmental Protection Division has yet to identify the source of the odor, Thompson said it is important that regulators get to the bottom of the issue once and for all.

“Well, part of the way the law is structured is, if you don’t know who inherently is responsible for the air impairment, then there’s no enforcement action,” Thompson told News4Jax.

Title V permits

Based on some complaints, Thompson said, there has been speculation about the smell coming from an industrial plant nearby. She said mentioned there are several companies with large-scale operations in the area.

She said these companies hold permits issued by the Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Air Act. According to the EPA, these permits are required for facilities that are considered major sources of actual or potential emissions that either meet or exceed the regulatory threshold for air pollutants.

“There are several larger industries in town that have what we call a Title V Air Discharge Permit and those are the facilities that are large in nature and they have your smokestacks or known sources of air pollutants coming into the air,” she said.

Thompson said companies with facilities like this include Georgia-Pacific, Pinova and Symrise, but she said her organization does not want to point the finger at any of those companies unless they have factual evidence proving they’re involved.

“We are gathering information, we are arming ourselves with knowledge and we have been working with the Environmental Protection Division, and they actually shared maps of their complaints,” Thompson said.

A spokesperson for Georgia-Pacific released a statement in response to questions from News4Jax. In part, it said the company’s Brunswick facility is closely regulated and that the company continues to work with the state.

“The air emissions we report are regulated and permitted under EPA and state programs that are designed to protect people and the environment,” the spokesperson said, adding that Georgia-Pacific “responded to EPD’s request for an on-site inspection and review of air emissions data and facilitated the request in January.”

Group calls for action

According to Thompson, there are no state laws against unpleasant odors, adding that the only laws in place are there to regulate odor-causing chemicals. But she said the issue needs to be addressed because a persistent, unpleasant smell can have a wide range of impacts on quality of life.

“From an environmental standpoint, what comes up must come down. So whatever is in the air eventually is going to land in our waterways and could have mild impacts on our marshes’ ecosystems,” she said. “From the public health standpoint, some of the complaints that our office has received were people complaining of not being able to breathe, irritation of the skin, irritation of the throat. We have residents call 911 because they needed oxygen to be able to breathe comfortably in their homes.”

She said there’s even a psychological impact of living in a place where you’re constantly subjected to foul odors, from the mystery of not knowing where it’s coming from to the anxiety of wondering how it could be affecting your health.

At this point, the source of the odor is unclear. But whatever it is, Thompson said it needs to be identified and dealt with.

“If there is some sort of noncompliance, then we certainly would seek and enforcement action from the Department of Natural Resources,” she said. “If what they are doing is legally allowed now, then maybe the action what our citizens need to take is to actually advocate for either the local or state laws to change.”

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Siemens is opening an EV charger factory in Texas

EV tech and infrastructure giant Siemens eMobility today announced that it will locate its second US manufacturing hub for EV chargers in Carrollton, Texas, outside of Dallas.Siemens says it will retrofit the 80,000-square-foot Carrollton plant so that it can ramp up production of the EV chargers quickly. The new hub will create 100 jobs at the facility and across the regional supply chain, and the plant is expected to be fully operational by mid-2023.Siemens’ new VersiCharge Blue, a Level 2 AC charger, will be manufactur...

EV tech and infrastructure giant Siemens eMobility today announced that it will locate its second US manufacturing hub for EV chargers in Carrollton, Texas, outside of Dallas.

Siemens says it will retrofit the 80,000-square-foot Carrollton plant so that it can ramp up production of the EV chargers quickly. The new hub will create 100 jobs at the facility and across the regional supply chain, and the plant is expected to be fully operational by mid-2023.

Siemens’ new VersiCharge Blue, a Level 2 AC charger, will be manufactured at the Carrollton factory. VersiCharge Blue is Buy American-compliant and specially designed for the US market. It’s compatible for all use cases, including workspaces, hospitals, airports, campuses, parking garages, and lots.

Siemens chose the Carrollton plant so that it’s near other several company in order to help support speed to market. That includes its Grand Prairie, Texas, manufacturing hub where Siemens develops equipment that supports essential power infrastructure, and its EV charging distribution center in Southaven, Mississippi. The new Carrollton plant is also operated in part by an existing manufacturing partner.

Carrollton is the latest addition to Siemens’ expanding US EV presence. In Wendell, North Carolina, Siemens manufactures SICHARGE UC – its DC chargers for electric bus and truck depots. It also has a nearly 600-person EV technology R&D hub in Peachtree Corners, Georgia.

John DeBoer, head of Siemens eMobility North America, said:

In the next decade, the US will need millions of chargers to support the rise in EV adoption. With this investment, Siemens is continuing to grow our US EV charging manufacturing footprint to help answer this call and continue preparing the nation’s infrastructure as we steadily head to an all-electric future.

Siemens also recently announced a $54 million investment in its Grand Prairie and Pomona, California, factories that produce power technologies for critical infrastructure and US EV projects. It’s also recently expanded its Spartanburg, South Carolina, factory.

Siemens is the first external investor in Electrify America, the largest open ultra-fast electric charging network in North America. In June, Siemens and VW announced that they raised $450 million for Electrify America to accelerate its deployment of US charging infrastructure.

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