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Georgia developer faces land use and zoning conflicts

Zoning ordinances serve varied purposes. Some areas are zoned, for example, to prevent residences from being built near hazardous businesses. Other municipalities establish land use and zoning laws to protect the environment and prevent developers from exhausting natural resources. While not all Georgia zoning laws are strictly enforced, one developer is finding his way blocked despite having received past approval for his plans.

Scientists concerned about microplastic water pollution

There is no question that many people across the country take clean water for granted. Using it to bathe, wash clothes and swim may cause people to forget that they also use it to drink and cook their food. Additionally, countless species of wildlife depend on clean water to exist. Water pollution is a serious issue in Georgia, and those whose job is to protect the waterways are constantly studying the contaminants that affect its safety.

Enforcing water quality standards help keep the public safe

Logically, you may know that this is a good thing, but when the Environmental Protection Agency or a Georgia environmental agency comes knocking on your door, you may not appreciate it. Alleged violations of water quality standards can be costly to your business. You may need someone in your corner to help you get through your dealings with these agencies in a way that keeps your business profitable.

Do you have to report chemical exposure data to the EPA?

The Toxic Substances Control Act requires certain manufactures (whether here in Georgia or elsewhere), including those that import substances, to comply with the Chemical Data Reporting rule enforced by the Environmental Protection Agency. This rule requires companies who produce and use large quantities of certain chemicals. The EPA compiles information related to chemical exposure. If your company is one that must be in compliance with this rule, it may help to understand what you need to do in order to avoid running into trouble with the EPA.

Make sure your project doesn't go extinct

Every new development project needs to comply with certain rules and regulations put forth by the federal or state government that apply to the project. Many of those issues revolve around the environment. Before you purchase the land you need, it would be advisable to be sure that it does not have any environmental issues.

Efforts to keep water pollution at bay get recognized

The health of Georgia's environment is the responsibility of everyone. To that end, the Georgia Water Coalition recently recognized the efforts of the "Clean 13" to keep water pollution at bay. The coalition includes more than 240 organizations varying from hunting and fishing groups to conservation and environmental organizations to businesses and faith-based organizations that work to protect the waterways here in Georgia.

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