However, the federal government relinquished any permitting authority over the Twin Pines project following a rollback of environmental regulations under President Donald Trump. That means Georgia state regulators alone will decide whether to approve the mine.
Twin Pines has insisted it can mine without harming the swamp. In a summary of the draft mining plan, Georgia regulators said their own analysis “concluded that water level in the swamp will be minimally impacted.”
While Taylor's bill wouldn't stop the permit applications Twin Pines already has pending to mine on 773 acres (312 hectares), the measure could keep the company's operation from expanding if it becomes law.
Taylor filed a similar bill last year, but it languished in a House committee without coming up for a vote.