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When economics and environment collide, parties settle on terms

Often it can seem as though economic success and environmental protection cannot come hand-in-hand. But a recent legal settlement between envioronmental enthusiasts and the U.s. Army Coprs of Engineers proves that talking it out can truly lead to potential win-win situations. 

Ogeechee River will continue to be used by textile company

Our previous post continued the story of struggle for those who have been fighting so hard to make some right out of the immeasurable wrong that's been done to Georgia's Ogeechee River. Not only is there still upset with King America Finishing for its pollution of the river that killed thousands of fish; there's still upset with the entity meant to put such environmental recklessness in-check.

Passionate dismay over Ogeechee River pollution continues

Earlier this week, residents who live near the Ogeechee River in Georgia gathered. Many of them spoke before regulators from the Environmental Protection Division and used some choice words. Their hopes range from wanting to tell the EPD just how disappointed they are with the division's reaction to King America Finishing's destruction to pleading for the group to do right by the residents and put a stop to KAF's illegal discharge into the river.

Clean Water Act violation leads to big fines for Transocean

The blowout of the Transocean oil rig on April 20, 2010, had a big impact on workers, wildlife and the tourist industry of the surrounding areas. The offshore accident left so much damage in its wake that of course it will take time for all of the legal matters connected to the incident to be over.

Federal court: rainwater levels cannot be regulated by EPA

For the most part, water is a good thing, but it can cause its share of troubles too. The pressure that water puts on creeks and rivers can loosen ground pollutants and cause water contamination. That's what has happened in one out-of-state location where too much water was going into the creek. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) attempted to place limits on the amount of water that could flow into the creek.

Supreme Court makes ruling about stormwater pollutants

Have you ever looked at rainwater running into a storm drain on the street and wondered about the pollutants it might be gathering as it flows? A recent case from California which came before the Supreme Court has some ramifications for cities nationwide. The case began several years ago, when environmental groups noticed that stormwater runoff entering the San Gabriel and Los Angeles rivers was carrying pollutants. The Los Angeles County Flood Control District holds a permit which allows it to direct rainwater into these protected rivers, and this permit states that the runoff must meet cleanliness standards set by the Clean Water Act.

Controversy over fracking and its health dangers continues

Maybe you have seen protesters in pictures or on TV holding "Stop fracking" signs and speaking about environment protection. They are part of a large population in the U.S. that sees the relatively new method of getting natural gas out of rock deep in the earth as disturbing. Chemicals are used and released in the process, and health and environmental advocates attack the process as potentially toxic.

EPA has new guidelines on how polluted your beach can be

An environmental lawsuit was recently filed against the very entity that is supposed to protect the environment. The Environmental Protection Agency was targeted for not requiring stricter guidelines for the quality of beach water throughout the country.

And the Georgia Water Coalition's 'Dirty Dozen' awards go to...

In various past blog posts we have discussed the water contamination case of the Ogeechee River. But that river isn't alone in being a poor example of respect for Georgia's water resources. In fact, there are so many areas of environmental concern that a group called The Georgia Water Coalition has created a list of what it calls the "Dirty Dozen" bodies of water in the state.

Celebrity joins Ogeechee River contamination fight in Georgia

It's already been more than a decade since the success of the movie Erin Brockovich, but Brockovich herself is real and joining a familiar environmental fight here in Georgia. The river contamination case against King America Finishing continues, and now perhaps the celebrity status of Brokovich will create more buzz around the pollution case.

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