We have previous written on this blog about the zoning and land-use challenges real estate and business developers can face in moving forward with a project. In some cases, these legal challenges are rooted in environmental issues, with neighbors opposing development in favor of environmental preservation.
Exposure to hazardous chemicals can have serious effects. Benzene exposure is a relatively common form of chemical exposure which one hears about in the news from time to time, and often involves workers who claim to have been exposed to the toxic substance in the course of their work.
In our previous post, we spoke about the legal issues surrounding an ongoing Department of Transportation project in Augusta and Columbia County. As we noted, some have filed lawsuits under the Clean Water Act in connection with the problems, and it is possible that there may be litigation under the Georgia Erosion and Sedimentation Act.
Construction can have a significant environmental impact on residents living near project sites. An ongoing Georgia Department of Transportation project on Old Evans and Petersburg roads from Augusta to Columbia County is a good example of this. The aim of the project is to build a four-lane highway that will include bike lanes, sidewalks and a bridge to help make traffic flow more efficient.
In a previous post, we commented that private citizens have the ability to play a role in making cleanup of contaminated sites possible through the EPA’s Superfund program. Here we want to talk a bit about what we meant.