Being that it is summertime, many readers are surely enjoying the warm weather on the beach from time to time. This is all well and good, but have you ever stopped to consider what is in the water at your favorite swimming hole? According to a recent report by the Natural Resources Defense Council, a fair amount of beaches across the United States do not stand up to safety standards established by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Water contamination is a big concern in some industries, and corporations engaged in activity that causes pollution to water sources have a social responsibility to clean up their act and reduce their waste and contamination contributions. There are also legal responsibilities for companies as well. At the federal level, for instance, there is the Clean Water Act, which has the purpose of preventing water pollution by holding companies accountable. States also have their own protections against contamination which must be followed. While the federal Clean Water Act is an important means for protecting water sources, there are other federal laws addressing groundwater contamination.
The fact that the well-being of the environment and politics so often are part of the same conversations might be frustrating for some. But it is true. Environmental laws often depend on the powers that be in Georgia, our nation and beyond.
More than three years have passed since the environmental dispute between the Ogeechee Riverkeeper and King America Finishing developed. We have covered this river pollution matter various times in the past on this blog. As a reminder, in May 2011, about 38,000 fish were found dead in the river in Georgia, a significant loss that ultimately was connected to environmentally destructive discharge processes at the textile plant.
The Savannah River is very important to Georgia and to South Carolina. Animal life and plant life depend on the quality of the river water. Combatting river pollution, therefore, should be a priority among the public and businesses that surround the Savannah River.