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Bee keepers file suit against the EPA

Apples, cucumbers, almonds and pears are just a small representation of food on the list of edibles humans can harvest as a result of pollination. Warnings of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and the drastic decrease in the bee population have concerned farmers who grow crops that require pollination. In order to increase the size of the area bee population, farmers have shipped in healthy bees to replace those lost to disease.

Coalition to address problem of illegal dumping on Proctor Creek

Atlanta readers are familiar with Proctor Creek, which runs through downtown Atlanta and up to the Chattahoochee. Proctor Creek has a watershed which encompasses 10,600 acres, which impacts a great many people. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Proctor Creek has serious environmental challenges, including high levels of bacteria from regular storm water flooding and sewage overflows.

Toxic Substances Control Act enforcement and citizen suits, P.2

In our last post, we noted that ordinary citizens can help enforce the Toxic Substances Control Act, at least with respect to certain aspects of the law. One major limitation on citizen suits, though, is that the law does not allow citizens to file a civil action if the EPA has already filed and is diligently prosecuting a violation of the law.

Toxic Substances Control Act enforcement and citizen suits, P.1

We looked briefly at some of the changes made to the Toxic Substances Control Act in our last post. As we noted, those who are harmed by violations of the law, whether well-established provisions or the new ones, should know of their right to hold responsible parties accountable, at least in some certain circumstances.

Federal law regulating toxic chemicals receives update, P.2

In our previous post, we began discussing the federal Toxic Substances Control Act, particularly with respect to recent updates to the law. As we noted, the primary purpose of the federal law is to regulate the use of toxic chemicals in consumer products and manufacturing. Under the recent update of the law, a number changes were made.

Federal law regulating toxic chemicals receives update

Chemical exposure is a daily reality for many people, particularly for those who work in industries which put them in frequent contact with chemicals. Even those of us who do not work in such environments face exposure, though, in our homes, in the food we eat, and in places we frequently on a daily and weekly basis.

Enforcing the coal ash rule: work with experienced attorney to determine process

In recent posts, we’ve been looking at the topic of coal ash disposal and the potential threat to local environments and populations that can result from failure to abide by federal regulations. The federal coal ash rule establishes specific requirements landfills and surface impoundments, including things like: groundwater monitoring; liner requirements; contamination cleanup; closure of unlined surface impoundments; and restricting the location of new impoundments and landfills.

Retain experienced counsel to navigate EPA hearings process

Last time, we spoke briefly about federal pesticide regulation, which is handled by both the FDA and the EPA. As we noted, the EPA can and does sometimes grant conditional approval for pesticides subject to ongoing research concerning the safety of the pesticide under consideration. An ongoing dispute between the EPA and Bayer CropScience involves the granting of conditional approval for a pesticide by the name of flubendiamide.

Federal regulation of pesticide use helps protect environment, public health

Chances are that most of our readers, at some point, have thought about whether it is worth their hard-earned money to spend more on organic food as opposed to the chemically treated stuff. For those who can afford it, organic produce can arguably be beneficial, but many people, of course, cannot.

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