Buffering is an important aspect of maintaining clean waterways. A buffer, as some readers may know, consists of a band of permanent vegetation around a stream or wetland which has the purpose of preventing erosion and filtering contamination from rainwater runoff, as well as purification of bacteria and pathogens. Protecting salt marshes from pollution is an important environmental goal, since they provide a rich habitat for wildlife and even support the state economy.
Being that it is summertime, many readers are surely enjoying the warm weather on the beach from time to time. This is all well and good, but have you ever stopped to consider what is in the water at your favorite swimming hole? According to a recent report by the Natural Resources Defense Council, a fair amount of beaches across the United States do not stand up to safety standards established by the Environmental Protection Agency.
A 31-acre parcel of proper formerly owned by Georgia-Pacific Corp. is currently the subject of debate for officials at the Washington State Department of Ecology. The debate concerns how to clean up contaminated portions of the property. The department, it has been reported, is probably going to recommend spending around $5.7 million to cap and remove portions of the property exposed to toxic pollution. Sources say the contaminants include mercury and other metals, petroleum, dioxins/furans, and volatile organic compounds.
The safety record of a Georgia chemical company is currently under scrutiny due to repeated chemical spills. MFG Chemical, Inc., located in Dalton, has reportedly been responsible for 6 chemical spills or releases since 2004. An incident in 2012 led to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issuing 20 safety violations. A total of 40 workers from other companies were hospitalized in connection with that incident, and a total of $77,000 in penalties have been issued in connection with the spills. Two more workers were recently injured in another incident.
On this blog, we often focus on the issues of water and air pollution, toxic torts and environmental cleanup, which tend to be rather negative topics. Today we’ll write about something a bit more positive: new city laws which are allowing Atlanta residents to grow their own food. The increasing trend in urban agriculture is a positive one for multiple reasons: not only does it promote a healthier lifestyle and reduce the need to ship in food; it also strengthens relationships and communities.