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Current legislative proposals could impact clean water availability in Georgia

In our last post, we spoke a bit about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, the consequences of which have not entirely played out.  In view of the events in Flint, there is greater awareness of the threat of water contamination and the reality that governments do not always act in the best interests of citizens when it comes to exposure to toxins.

Federal coal ash disposal requirements require ongoing compliance efforts

In our last post, we spoke briefly about the criticism from elected officials and citizens in Wayne County directed against a coal ash waste disposal plan. As we mentioned, companies which produce coal ash waste are required to abide by state and federal rules and regulations concerning coal ash waste.

Land development in wetlands must have prior government permits

In Georgia and nationwide, when a developer or other person intends to build on land that is environmentally sensitive, permits must usually be obtained from local, state and federal authorities. For all construction in the waters or wetlands, the developer must obtain a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers in addition to any other required approvals. Land development in environmentally sensitive areas is therefore subject to enhanced environmental protection measures.

EPA faces legal challenges over recent Clean Air Act rule, P.2

In our last post, we began speaking about legal challenges the EPA is currently facing in connection with a recently established rule under the Clean Air Act. The rule, as we noted, requires states to cut out civil penalty shields from their pollution reduction plans. The Georgia groups who are opposing the policy raised a handful of legal issues for consideration. Some of these issues are similar to those raised by other appellants.

EPA faces legal challenges over recent Clean Air Act rule

The Georgia Coalition for Sound Environmental Policy and the Georgia Industry Environmental Coalition are among the groups challenging a rule under the Clean Air Act which requires states to remove civil penalty shields from their pollution reduction plans. The penalty shields are known as affirmative defense provisions, and they apply in only in certain circumstances.

Looking at the Groundwater Use Act

Last time, we began speaking about the Groundwater Use Act of 1972, which established the reasonable use rule when it comes to the use of water within one’s property. The reasonable use rule contrasts with the rule of absolute ownership in that it puts limits on landowners’ use of groundwater beneath their property.

Regulation of groundwater use in Georgia

Water is a precious resource, and water conservation is important to ensure that we don’t put this resource at unnecessary risk. When it comes to conserving water, there are a number of everyday things property owners can do to cut back on their use, such as using high efficiency washers and dryers, reducing the amount of time one keeps the shower on, avoiding running sinks, fixing leaks, avoiding unnecessary or wasteful lawn-watering, collecting rain water for garden-watering, and so on.

Faulty septic systems can have serious public health and environmental effects

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.

How is Georgia Power getting along with new EPA coal ash regulations?

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.

Chattahoochee River-keeper still working to clean up river pollution

We have previously mentioned on this blog that private citizens and groups can have an important role to play in enforcing the Clean Water Act, not only in reporting violations to the Environmental Protection Agency, but also in pursuing what are known as citizen suits. Under the Clean Water Act, private parties may bring actions in federal court against parties who violate the law, including government agencies.

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