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Future of endangered turtles depends on environmental legislation

Sea turtles aren't just creatures to "ooh" and "ah" at in the movies or at a wildlife park. They are real animals, some of which need help in order to survive the various hazards of the world. Loggerhead sea turtles have been on the endangered species list for decades, but only now is an effort likley moving forward to protect the dying creatures' habitats. 

Study finds connection between air quality and heart risks

In discussing environmental matters, it can be easy not to truly see how problems like pollution can have a direct impact on a person's health. That smog in the air isn't just an eyesore; it's a potential toll on the well-being of a person's physical safety. More specifically, low air quality can cause people to suffer from heart irregularities.

Third party will review credibility of fish-counting in South

Many people's livings depend on the environment. The fishing industry, for example, is directly impacted when something shakes up the environment. The industry can also be impacted by government regulations and processes.

Coca-Cola admits misleading Atlanta officials about wastewater

When manufacturers and industrial businesses in Atlanta have wastewater they need to get rid of, they are required to disclose how much they dump into the city's water supply. So when a company admits that it dumped more wastewater than it let on, even a company as large as Coca-Cola, it is cause for concern.

Atlanta-based global chemicals company settles claims with the EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency is charged with protecting our natural environment as well as the health of those who enjoy its resources. By enacting legislation that regulates the use of chemicals the EPA is able to protect our natural resources as well as the health and safety of our citizens. And in that spirit, the EPA reported late last month that the agency had settled claims with Kemira Chemicals and Kemira Water Solutions, two subsidiaries of a global chemicals company whose North American headquarters are based in Atlanta.

Atlanta meets old smog limits; recent standards still a problem

Maintaining good air quality in urban areas is not easy. Emissions from motor vehicles, factories, and power plants react to sunlight creating a chemical fog near the surface, a ground level ozone most commonly referred to as smog. In order to help limit smog, the Environmental Protection Agency issues limits on how much pollution is permissible in a given area. And after some hard work, Atlanta recently met the EPA standards. The only problem is the EPA set those standards in 1997, and the standards set in 2008, as well as increased standards proposed for the future. While the meeting of air quality standards, even outdated ones, is a sign of progress, many metropolitan areas still have a hard time progressing enough to really catch up to guidelines currently in place. Atlanta is doing better than some cities, however, who are still struggling even to meet 1987 standards. For businesses, it is an uphill battle as they strive to clear one hurdle only to be faced with a new challenge.

Glass company cleans up act after EPA citation

Many businesses use manufacturing processes that potentially expose the environment to pollutants. To some extent, this is simply the consequence of living in the modern world. Still, the health and safety of the community are important, which is why the Clean Air Act states that there are limits to how much and what types of chemicals can go into the environment. Often it is violations of this act, and enforcement by the EPA, that will prompt businesses to develop more careful policies to prevent chemical exposure. This is what happened with a glass manufacturer that has operating locations in several states, including Georgia. The EPA issued two citations to the company after they made changes to their furnaces which caused an increase in NOX emissions. They were also charged with not obtaining the required pre-construction permits required by state and federal authorities. Potential consequences of these pollutants include smog, acid rain and respiratory illness.

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