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Negotiations on water pollution cleanup take time

When one or more companies here in Georgia or elsewhere are accused of violating environmental regulations, it may not be necessary to simply give in to the first demands of a federal, state or local government agency. It may be possible to negotiate a deal on which everyone can agree. No matter how long the negotiations may take, the ultimate goal is to clean up the water pollution, which -- in many cases -- did not intentionally occur.

The problem of stormwater and water pollution

As the suburbs of cities like Atlanta spread further away from the city center, new infrastructure is needed to support them. Laying new roads, parking lots and sidewalks is more than likely part of that process. Without proper planning, storm water (including rain and melting snow) could ultimately cause water pollution that ends up putting Georgia residents at risk for health problems.

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.

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.

Hurricanes exposed aging sewer infrastructure, systemic issues

Parts of Georgia received up to 10 inches of rain from Hurricane Irma. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says that Brunswick got 5 inches. The National Weather Service says Glynn County received an average of over 9.4 inches.

Flooding presents new water pollution concerns

Georgia and the rest of the nation have been closely watching the weather-related devastation that occurred and may yet occur during this hurricane season. In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and the impending and potential devastation of Hurricane Irma, many residents of the affected states could be facing a significant health crisis. Flooding tends to bring significant dangers with it when it comes to water pollution.

Water pollution is an issue in many Georgia towns

With the advances in technology that have occurred in recent decades, ensuring that what comes out of the tap in every home in the country will not harm anyone should not be an issue. Unfortunately, that clear glass of water from the faucet could be deceptive. A recent study indicates that water pollution is an issue in no fewer than 30 water systems here in Georgia.

Georgia Power accused of causing water pollution

At first, environmental groups supported Georgia Power's decision to close down 29 of its toxic ponds. Then, the Sierra Club notified the power plant that it plans to file a lawsuit alleging that violations of the federal Clean Water Act may cause dangerous water pollution. Part of the controversy arose because the Sierra Club claims that the power plant does not have the proper permits to remove the contaminated water from the ponds. 

Georgia county fined for water pollution

Both the federal government and the state of Georgia have taken steps to protect the environment through the passage of several laws. One of those laws has to do with maintaining the cleanliness of the public waters. When a city, county or municipality violates those acts, it could face sanctions for water pollution.

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