ATLANTA (AP) — One of Georgia's negotiators in a tri-state water dispute is president of a lobbying firm that has sought to develop a technology touted as a partial solution to that feud.
A top state official and others say the situation could look like a conflict even though it is legal.
Allen Barnes previously led Georgia's Environmental Protection Division. He is now president and CEO of Joe Tanner and Associates. That lobbying firm gets paid $5,000 a month for Barnes' work as a negotiator in a water conflict with Alabama and Florida.
Until last week, the firm was going to be hired in a project testing technology to store water underground. Project supporters say it could help ease the tri-state conflict.
Barnes says his roles do not constitute a conflict.
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