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Assessing risks for a real estate development project

Working as a real estate developer comes with its difficulties. You may appreciate the challenging nature of your job because you can gain a sense of accomplishment when you complete a project. Of course, you may also dislike certain aspects because serious issues can sometimes arise.

You understand that any project comes with its risks, especially to your resources and potential earnings, but other risks could cause more problems. In particular, you likely always want to avoid any legal issues that could come about with a development project.

Could Georgia's water sources endanger your health?

When you turn on the faucets in your home to get some water, take a shower or wash your hands, it looks clear and safe. When you want to spend some time on or in Georgia's waterways, you expect them to be free from pollutants that could harm you.

Unfortunately, a new study indicates that may not be the case. Toxic pollutants are leaking into the groundwater from 11 out of 12 of the state's coal ash dumping grounds. That's 92% of the state's coal-fired power plants. The state's public utility, Georgia Power, owns and runs 10 of the 11 plants in question.

Are you in compliance with Georgia's open burn rules?

The Environmental Protection Agency's counterpart here in the state of Georgia is the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. As part of its responsibilities, the agency works to make sure that the quality of the air you breathe remains at a level that does not harm your health.

The GEPD enforces a variety of laws, rules and regulations regarding airborne pollutants. Like most people, you may think of automobile pollution and chemicals used by certain industries. While that is true, the agency also enforces rules regarding burning materials outdoors, categorized as open burning.

Your responsibilities regarding underground storage tanks

Depending on what type of business you run, it may be required to comply with numerous environmental laws of both the state and federal governments. 

Do you run a business that requires one or more underground storage tanks? If you do, then the state of Georgia puts certain requirements on them and you. For instance, in order to register the tanks, you must have certain personnel either available or on site. The state's Environmental Protection Division provides information on who these people are, along with their functions.

Do you need a Commercial Pesticide Applicator license?

Growing and cultivating crops is big business. The goal is to obtain a high yield of marketable crops. This means making sure they reach harvest time in good condition.

This often requires the application of pesticides in order to prevent infestations, decay and loss of viable plants. If you believe that you could provide a service to those in the agricultural business by applying those pesticides for them, you may want to make sure that you comply with Georgia and federal laws first.

What does the Clean Water Act mean for your business?

Whether you are a developer, property owner or other party interested in land use and the develop of land, it is beneficial to learn about the state and federal regulations that may impact these types of projects. The Clean Water Act is federal legislation aimed at keeping the quality and safety of waterways at a high level. It is smart to know how exactly this could affect your Georgia business.

The purpose of the Clean Water Act is to keep dangerous pollutants out of the water. This may affect how businesses and developers do things like dispose of waste, run sewage lines and handle potentially toxic substances and chemicals. Violations of certain regulations can lead to financial and legal complications.

Could toxic chemicals in a nail salon affect your pregnancy?

You should have the freedom to enjoy your pregnancy. Adding a new member to your family comes with a multitude of emotions, and most of them should make you feel hopeful and positive about the experience.

When you work in an industry that potentially puts your health at risk, it may make you a bit more pensive than if you worked in another profession. For instance, if you work in a nail salon, you need to take extra precautions during your pregnancy in order to avoid exposure to toxic chemicals.

Asbestos abatement must follow strict rules

Many of Georgia's buildings still contain materials made with asbestos. Fortunately, experts say that it does not cause ill health effects unless it's disturbed. Once it becomes disturbed, however, it becomes dangerous for anyone exposed to the dust or fibers.

If you locate any asbestos, do not try to get rid of it on your own. First, it may violate state and federal laws for you to do so. Second, because of the strict rules surrounding its removal, only certified and qualified professionals should do it.

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.

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