The Georgia legal community is not alone in being stunned by late-term decisions made by the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices tackled some high-profile cases, and those decisions will affect many, many people. One decision, though, could have a significant impact on entire communities and at a most inopportune time.
Statesboro, GA - On June 19, 2013, Chief Judge Lisa Godbey Wood of the U.S. District Court (Southern District of Georgia) ruled in favor of the Ogeechee Riverkeeper (ORK) in an attempt by King America Finishing to have the lawsuit against it brought by ORK dismissed in its entirety. The lawsuit against King America Finishing, Inc., owned by Chicago-based Westex, Inc. alleges that KAF has in the past and continues to this day to violate the federal Clean Water Act by continuing to discharge pollutants into the Ogeechee River. The suit filed by Stack & Associates and GreenLaw on behalf of ORK seeks to force KAF to cease such discharges and be held accountable for its contribution to the May 2011 fish kill that led to the death of nearly 40,000 fish of a dozen different species.
When a family is expecting a child, they like to believe that they are in control of the situation and that the baby will be healthy. For the most part, kids are born healthy, but not all are born without health complications. A recent environmental study gives parents a big reason to hope that the air that they are breathing during pregnancy is relatively clean.
In discussing environmental matters, it can be easy not to truly see how problems like pollution can have a direct impact on a person's health. That smog in the air isn't just an eyesore; it's a potential toll on the well-being of a person's physical safety. More specifically, low air quality can cause people to suffer from heart irregularities.
In a previous post we discussed the tragedy of a fertilizer plant explosion in Texas. An entire community was not only physically but emotionally rocked by the explosion that was caused when a fire started in a plant and led to the explosion of hazardous chemicals within the building.