There is much to love about Georgia, especially Atlanta and its surroundings. You may enjoy the food, music and history that draw people from all over. However, even these may pale in comparison to the sheer beauty of the state. Its abundance of trees, sprawling coastlines and natural waterways create breathtaking images, no matter the season.
Sadly, it is just that beauty that is constantly in peril as developers and businesses continue to misuse the natural resources, especially the waterways. Even more tragic is that people like you are suffering from devastating illnesses because of exposure to toxic substances these industries, particularly energy plants, release into the water systems.
The serious dangers in your water
If you live in Baldwin or Putnam County, chances are good that you know someone who has cancer. In fact, you may be suffering from some form of the dreaded disease yourself. Recent studies show that these two counties have a higher than average rate of certain cancers, especially pancreatic and lung cancers. It is no surprise to learn that those counties share borders with Lake Sinclair, one of the main dumping grounds for wastewater from Georgia Power.
Medical research shows that certain heavy metals accumulate in your body, causing the immune system to shut down and allowing abnormal cells to grow unchecked. Some of those metals include:
Environmental testing identified high levels of these metals in groundwater in several counties in Georgia, particularly those near Georgia Power plants and other industries. After heavy rains, run-off from coal ash ponds, where wastewater is stored, seeps into groundwater, contaminating it with millions of gallons of toxic waste. This waste ends up in your drinking water and soil. Some of the most common effects health agencies are noticing across the state include:
- Neurological illnesses
- Birth defects
- Kidney disease
- Heart damage
- Lung, skin, bladder, pancreatic and other cancers
Lake Sinclair not only provides drinking water for you and your neighbors, it is also a popular destination for swimmers and boaters. You and your family may have spent many pleasant hours along its shores, unaware of the dangers lurking in the water.
While leaders in your community debate their roles in finding efficient ways to control the polluting of Georgia's waters, you or your loved one may be struggling to regain your health. You may find strength in knowing you are not alone and that you have resources available. Consulting an experienced environmental attorney may be your first step.