In our last post, we began speaking about the issue of faulty septic systems and the potential threat they pose to public health and the environment. The extent of the problem is not miniscule. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, nearly 29,000 miles of streams have been confirmed to be threatened or impaired due to sewage infiltration. That number is almost equal to the number of stream miles affected by sewer overflows and wastewater treatment plants.
Clean water is something many of us take for granted. We assume, for the most part, that the water we intake is free from harmful chemicals and pathogens and is basically safe to drink. For those who draw their water from a private well, though, there is a continual need to monitor the water supply for purity. This is especially the case for private wells located near septic systems.
We’ve been following on this blog the response of Georgia Power to relatively new regulations put out by the Environmental Protection Agency dealing with coal ash disposal. For those who are unaware of the issue, coal ash is a toxic byproduct of coal combustion, and can pose serious risks to human health when its disposal is unregulated.
In our last post, we spoke a bit about when a party can be held liable for cleanup of a contaminated site as well as the extent to which a potentially liable party can be held accountable. As we mentioned, though, there are some circumstances that can lead to reduced or no liability for a contaminating party.