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Is your community healthy and sustainable?

With all of the attention on global warming and other environmental issues in recent years, it's no surprise that the Environmental Protection Agency would continue to look for ways to make communities healthy and sustainable. Making sure that ecosystems remain viable, wildlife isn't adversely affected and people have clean air, water and land is one of the functions of the agency.

To that end, the agency conducts research in order to determine the best way to preserve the environment for the future while allowing for economic prosperity and providing for the health of community members.

Restaurants have environmental obligations as well

Every industry can do its part for the environment, and the Environmental Protection Agency provides guidelines for just about every one of them. Restaurants are no exception. The EPA provides food establishments with some basics regarding sustainable food management.

The food waste produced by restaurants could ultimately affect the environment. As it pertains to food, it's more about conserving resources and feeding people. The agency discusses the ways that restaurants can reduce the amount of food they waste. If you own a restaurant, some of the agency's suggestions may help you meet that goal.

What are you facing from an EPA civil investigation?

Even as some environmental regulations relax due to changes in the Environmental Protection Agency, it continues to enforce other regulations and laws. If you get wind of the fact that the EPA is going to conduct an investigation against your company for what agents believe to be violations of environmental law, then you may want to understand what you could face.

First, you need to know whether it's a civil or criminal investigation. Civil investigations are probably more common, which means you could face either an administrative or a judicial action from the Agency. Depending on the findings, you could face certain civil enforcement actions.

Could your health issues be caused by mold in your home?

What do you know about mold? If you are like most people, you probably don't know too much. In fact, you may not really give it much thought until it presents a problem for you. Why would you?

You may know it grows in warm and damp environments such as in humid states like Georgia. Water damage could also be the culprit. If it is, by the time you see mold or realize that your home contains mold, the water damage may already be pervasive since it provided an environment for it to grow. Now you find yourself in a position where you need more information and help.

When natural disasters unleash contaminants, who pays?

Georgia and other states are dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, which is one of the four strongest storms to ever hit the United States since recordkeeping began, according to the Washington Post. With nuclear reactors and superfund sites located all over coastal areas, what happens when storms destroy protective measures, unleashing contaminants into the air, water and land? Who is responsible for the cleanup, notification, and containment?

Managing risk in green rooftop projects

If you are unfamiliar with a green rooftop, they are rooftop gardens installed to slow runoff, and reduce heat radiation in urban areas. Green rooftops are the wave of the future. Cities throughout the country have passed laws, some of which make installation mandatory in new structures, or when a roof is replaced. Colorado's Denver Green Roof Initiative is one of the strictest in the nation, according to the Denver Post. So, what should you be aware of when it comes to green rooftops?

What can you do if your employer is breaking environmental laws?

Not everyone cares equally about the environment. However, federal environmental laws require all companies to adhere to certain environmental standards—regardless of an employer’s personal priorities. Nonetheless, oftentimes employers—deliberately or not—fail to uphold environmental standards in their business operations.

Let’s say you’re a factory worker at a paper mill. One night after your shift, you notice workers removing pulping sludge from the facility and dumping it in a nearby river. You fish in that river. Your community relies on it for fresh, drinking water. As an employee relatively low on the totem pole, what recourse do you have?

The danger of inert chemicals in pesticides

As an agricultural producer, Georgia ranks fifteenth in the nation, leading the U.S. in production of broilers, peanuts, spring onions and pecans. Georgia’s subtropical climate is perfectly suited for an array of crops, but also ideal for pests. Adding to the pest problem are the international seaports and airports, which bring in additional harmful species.

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