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Efforts to further combat pollution from coal ash continue

Coal has been a source of power across the country for quite some time. When many Georgia residents turn on the lights, it is due to coal. The problem is that burning coal for this purpose produces a great deal of coal ash. In order to combat pollution from this problem, cleanup efforts are in progress. However, some believe those efforts are inadequate.

Are you neighbors' activities keeping you up at night?

Does your neighbor like to work on vehicles at all hours of the day and night? Does your neighbor play drums until 3 a.m.? Does your neighbor use seemingly, unnaturally bright spot lights for security that stream into your windows all night? Do you find yourself wondering what that foul odor is that seems to be coming from your neighbor's property?

Environmental law: Does that site have a waste disposal well?

If you are looking to open a Georgia business that sells, maintains or repairs motor vehicles, including boats and small aircraft, then you may want to determine whether a waste disposal well is on the property, especially if the facility was built prior to April 5, 2000. Environmental law at both the federal and state levels outlines certain requirements regarding the disposal of motor vehicle fluids and solvents. If you fail to follow those requirements, it could jeopardize your business.

Why is water pollution such a big concern in Georgia?

Nearly every Georgia business must comply with some sort of governmental regulations. If yours needs to be sensitive to environmental issues, one of them may be potential water pollution. Even if your company is nowhere near a natural water source, its activities could end up polluting one or more waterways.

A delicate balance is needed in land-use planning

Some areas of Georgia need to continue to grow and expand. This requires municipal authorities to determine how to best use the available land in order to accommodate growth and preserve the environment. A great deal of land\-use planning requires a balance of these two needs.

Company pulls products due to exposure to toxic a substance

Georgia parents with young girls may be familiar with a retailer named Claire's. The retail chain sells numerous products, including makeup. Parents allow their young girls to play with the makeup not necessarily knowing what the ingredients are. One mother in another state was concerned and had the products tested. The results indicated that her daughter, and countless others who used the products in question, suffered exposure to a toxic substance -- tremolite asbestos.

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