Broad River Quarries LLC, an Elberton mining company, has reportedly filed a claim against Rockdale County, accusing county officials of permitting another mining company of illegally operating. According to Broad River, the quarry is not in according with local zoning laws and needs to cease operations.
Water contamination is one of the scary realities of living in a world where we are routinely exposed to toxins, sometimes without our knowledge. Even though federal and state laws are designed to ensure that water contamination is kept to a minimum, unacceptable levels of contamination do still sometimes occur.
Ensuring that well water is clean and free of contamination is not always a sure thing. It must be routinely checked. State and federal law do provide some protection for those using private well water, but there are no laws governing wells that fall below a minimum usage. In such cases, owners are not required to perform routine checks.
Under federal law, there are limits as to how much water and air pollution companies can produce, and failure to meet those standards can result in penalties. The Clean Air Act, for instance, limits the amount of toxic coal dust pollution coal-operated power plants can emit.