The Pulse | NEWS BRIEFS ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DIVISION DIRECTOR RELINQUISHES ROLE Governor Nathan Deal announced that the Director of the Environmental Protection Division (EPD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Jud Turner, will step down from his role effective June 1, 2016. Turner was appointed Director by Governor Deal in January 2012 and will continue to serve as a member of the state’s water litigation team as a Special Assistant Attorney General. CERM CHAMPIONS BASKETBALL FOR SECOND YEAR STREAK �d;Ç±b¼8V btbb±t 8Y ±t±8 88tbb¼ o±V Corporate Environmental Risk Management, LLC (CERM) took home the championship trophy in the annual Architecture & Engineering Basketball League Championship. This win marks the second year that CERM has taken the top spot in the league. ATLANTA GAS LIGHT MERGER WITH SOUTHERN COMPANY WINS APPROVAL Southern Company's acquisition of AGL Resources Inc. has been approved by Georgia energy regulators. Once complete, this $12 billion deal will create the second-largest utility company in the nation. POND & COMPANY WINS IMPACT REGIONAL BUSINESS AWARDS Norcross-based Pond & Company, a nearly 400-person engineering, 8±O|¼bO¼Á±b8YO´¼±ÁO¼´b±ÇOb´o±V±bObÇbYF¼|¼|bÀÎ¸ Çb±8 IMPACT Regional Business Award and International category award from the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce. The IMPACT Regional Business ÏÈ8±Y´ |±bY ±b ¼|8 ÎÎ o8´¼ ±t8Í8¼´ 8O±´´ b8±Ê ¼b industry categories during an awards ceremony held in late May. HEADS OF ATLANTA AIRPORT AND WATERSHED DEPARTMENT DISMISSED Ï¼8¼8d;8Ê±b;8´*bbY®´noOb8ÁObY¼|8¼d;tÁb+Á¼|ÈbÈ tb±b8Y8±¼´obY~a;8O ´Ï¼8¼8¼b±8¼8Ï±±¼¡,|bn±b± Aviation General Manager for the world’s busiest airport will be replaced by Interim General Manager Roosevelt Council, who currently serves as the 8±±¼®´�a;|bn
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