Because of the potential for harmful pollution, chemical plants here in Georgia and across the country often need to comply with numerous rules and regulations. The demands of environmental law may help combat pollution, but they can also box a company into a corner. Failing to comply with applicable laws could even lead to criminal allegations.
School districts across the country, including those here in Georgia, often find their budgets spread thin. This does not leave much, if any, extra money available to be concerned with environmental issues. Sometimes, school districts need a little help in order to do what they can to combat pollution -- specifically from the buses the kids ride every day during the school year.
The Georgia Department of Transportation has its work cut out for it. Along with the Environmental Protection Division and the Department of Natural Resources in metro Atlanta, an investigation is underway to determine who violated environmental law by dumping thousands of tires on property recently abandoned by GDOT. Not only are the tires an eyesore, but they are a health hazard, a fire hazard and an environmental danger.
Coal has been a source of power across the country for quite some time. When many Georgia residents turn on the lights, it is due to coal. The problem is that burning coal for this purpose produces a great deal of coal ash. In order to combat pollution from this problem, cleanup efforts are in progress. However, some believe those efforts are inadequate.
The preservation of the environment remains a priority for the United States. In order to combat pollution, Congress has passed several laws over the years that are most often implemented and enforced by the Environmental Protection Agency. One such law that passed in 1990, the Pollution Prevention Act, aims to stop pollution before it starts. If you own and operate a business here in Georgia, this law may apply to your company as well.
Parts of Georgia received up to 10 inches of rain from Hurricane Irma. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says that Brunswick got 5 inches. The National Weather Service says Glynn County received an average of over 9.4 inches.
Protecting Georgia's rivers, lakes and coastal waterways is the responsibility of everyone in the state. That responsibility lies heavily with environmental leaders across the state, but that does not mean that their work cannot include some fun, rest and relaxation. The Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership seems to have kept this in mind when planning events that included learning about and reviewing water quality standards in the southern part of the state.
It is against the law in Georgia and most other states to dump tires. Nevertheless, people shamelessly drop their waste tires along the road and even onto private property. Others may allow tires to accumulate on their land or try to burn them. If you have a neighbor who has a stockpile of waste tires, you may be concerned about the environmental impact it is having on your neighborhood.
The federal Clean Water Act exists to protect water sources in the United States and to preserve the chemical and biological integrity of the sources of that water. The goal of the act is not only to preserve water as an accessible resource that people require but to also preserve the biological diversity of the country's ecosystems as a natural resource in its own right. This preservation helps with the continuation of traditional activities such as hunting and forestry as well as modern cultural, recreational, and commercial use of the resources.
Readers may be aware that the mining industry is currently experiencing significant financial challenges due to lack of demand. As a result, workers are being laid off, companies are filing for bankruptcy, and mines are being abandoned. Along with these mine closings, there is an increased risk to the environment.