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Clean Power Plan a daunting proposal for power companies, states

Readers may have heard by now of the Clean Power Plan, which is a set of standards developed under the Clean Air Act geared toward reducing air pollution. At present, power plants have no restrictions on the amount of carbon pollution they contribute to the atmosphere. The Clean Power Plan aims to change the situation by establishing carbon emissions reductions on states.

What is the Georgia Erosion and Sedimentation Act?

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.

DOT construction project causing problems with stormwater runoff and pollution

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.

How does the EPA enforce the Clean Water Act, and how can I help?

Having already looked briefly at the topic of enforcement of the Clean Water Act in our last post, we would like to briefly discuss the issue of how private citizens and organizations may become involved in enforcement of the law.

How does the EPA enforce the Clean Water Act, and how can I help?

The federal Clean Water Act is an important law which establishes the standards that must be followed in discharging pollutants into bodies of water, as well as the standards regulating surface water quality. The federal agency charged with enforcing the Clean Water Act is the Environmental Protection Agency, and the agency has put into place various pollution control programs and established water quality standards for surface water contaminants.

Conservation groups pushing for power company to build cooling tower

Under the federal Clean Water Act, the EPA has the authority to publish regulations which reflect the statute's goals of reinstating and maintaining the integrity of waters. This includes not only preventing pollution, but also ensuring that public facilities don't go unchecked in disturbing the biological integrity of waters.

Supreme Court to decide on salt water marsh buffer issue

Earlier this week, the state Supreme Court heard arguments in a case involving the question of how large salt water marsh buffers must be under state law, and whether they are even required at all. What gave rise to the legal tangle is a Grady County fishing lake project. We’ve previously written about this issue, which involves a state law prescribing a 25-foot buffer zone around certain types of waters statewide. Salt water marshes had, until recently, been required to have such buffers, but the Georgia Environmental Protection Division removed the requirement earlier this year.

More on the issue of standing in environmental citizen suits

In our last post, we continued our discussion about new EPA rules pertaining to coal ash emissions, briefly discussing the basic requirements citizens must meet in order to initiate a “citizen suit” to have an environmental regulation enforced. As we noted, these requirements constitute what is called standing.

New EPA rule on coal ash to be enforced by states, citizens, P.2

In our previous post, we began discussing a new rule passed by the Environmental Protection Agency which governs coal ash emissions. As we noted, the rules require groundwater monitoring to ensure that coal ash ponds do not accumulate excessively high levels of coal ash. The issue is an important one for the state of Georgia, since there are over twenty coal ash ponds here.

New EPA rules on coal ash to be enforced by states, citizens

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency released new regulations governing the amount of coal ash plants can release in their operations. Coal ash, as some readers know, is a byproduct of coal combustion that can contain various toxic substances, including mercury, lead and arsenic, and it is often found in groundwater.

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