When Georgia tags its capitol, it’s putting taxpayers on the hook


— Georgia is spending $2 million to tag its capstone Capitol building after it became a public nuisance in late April.

The state Department of Environmental Quality said the tag is part of its efforts to enforce the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s pollution standards for new buildings and structures, according to a press release.

EPA enforcement officers have spent the past three weeks targeting the tag, inspecting the exterior of the building and monitoring its health, including the condition of the exterior wall, ventilation, lighting and ventilation ducts, among other things, according the release. 

In total, Georgia has spent more than $1 million since March on environmental inspections to tag buildings.

More: The new tag will be installed within the next six weeks and will be visible to the public, but the agency will not release a detailed list of violations, according with the release, which also says it is not a “mandatory” environmental inspection.

Georgia said in the release that it will “use this experience to help guide future inspections.”

The department also has sent inspectors to the state Capitol, the Georgia Dome and the Georgia Convention Center.

Agency officials told NBC News that Georgia’s tag has resulted in $2.2 million in revenue for the state.

Officials said they believe the state’s environmental standards and enforcement efforts are working.

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