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Clean Power Plan to spur new compliance efforts in power industry

Readers may have heard that President Obama released some of the details of his Clean Power Plan earlier this week. The plan, which was first proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency last year, has the purpose of setting national standards limiting carbon pollution connected to power plants, which are the largest source of emissions.

Lawmakers support reform of federal law addressing toxic chemicals, P.2

In our last post, we mentioned that there is legislation currently under consideration in the House of Representatives which would update the Toxic Substances Control Act by expediting the review process for chemicals used in consumer products and give states more authority to pass their own regulations as well as provide companies better guidance on the use of chemicals in their manufacturing process.

Georgia joins lawsuit over new Clean Water Act regulation

Along with eight other states, Georgia has reportedly joined in on a lawsuit filed against the Environmental Protection Agency over a new clean water rule which would give the government authority to regulate tributaries leading to rivers and streams covered by the Clean Water Act.  

Supreme Court: EPA failed to conduct cost-benefit analysis with emissions regulation

Readers all heard earlier this week about the United States Supreme Court’s recent decision regarding marriage rights, but the court also issued other opinions as well. One of these opinions dealt with a challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency’s effort to regulate coal plant emissions of mercury and other pollutants. This effort met with a significant challenge from 20 states and various interest groups.

Pope’s encyclical brings greater awareness of environmental responsibility

Regardless of where you fall in terms of religion and politics, the buzz surrounding Pope Francis’ new encyclical on the environment is certainly interesting. Those who are familiar with the Catholic Church’s teaching on the issue know that concern for the environment has become an increasingly important message, even if that concern has been voiced by previous popes and has been around for years.

What are the consequences of violating Georgia soil and water law? P.2

We began speaking last time about enforcement of Georgia’s Erosion and Sedimentation Act. We’ve already mentioned that one possible avenue is enforcement action by the Environmental Protection Division or other appropriate authority. The other possibility is for a private party to initiate a tort action against an offending party.

What are the consequences of violating Georgia soil and water law? P.1

In our last post, we spoke about criticisms that are being leveled against the new lineup of the formerly independent but now government backed Soil and Water Conservation Commission. One of the points we noted, in speaking of the heavy representation from industry on the new commission lineup, is that businesses, environmentalists and private citizens often have competing interests when it comes to soil and water quality, and environmental issues in general. The concern with a largely pro-business representation in the organization that helps set soil and water policy is rooted in this concern.

Environmentalists suspect conflict of interest in new commission lineup

Those who follow environmental news and policy here in Georgia know that one of the recent developments in the area of soil and water quality is that state law was recently changed so that the Governor is now able to make appointments to the Soil and Water Conservation Commission, which used to be an independent authority.

Work with experienced attorney in enforcing environmental regulations

Last December, we wrote about new regulations put out by the Environmental Protection Agency which aim to control the amount of coal ash plants are able to release in the course of their operations. As we noted, the federal rule is the first ever to address coal ash.

Work with experienced environmental law attorney on air Clean Air Act compliance

Clean air is something many people take for granted, but here in Georgia, there are places where air quality is a significant concern. According to a recent report by the American Lung Association, six counties in the state of Georgia have unacceptably high ozone levels. Ozone, of course, is dangerous for humans, and it is critical to keep ozone levels under control.

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