Numerous industries throughout Georgia work with chemicals and other toxic substances that could have a detrimental impact on the environment. If not handled with care, those items could cause significant water pollution if spilled. This could result in a company encountering issues with the federal Environmental Protection Agency and the state Environmental Protection Division.
You may be one of the thousands who moved to Georgia for its beauty, business environment or other opportunities. In any case, the increase in the region's population has increased concern over the waterways in this state and elsewhere in the area. River pollution could affect not only the availability of clean drinking water, but also the local environment.
Nearly every Georgia business must comply with some sort of governmental regulations. If yours needs to be sensitive to environmental issues, one of them may be potential water pollution. Even if your company is nowhere near a natural water source, its activities could end up polluting one or more waterways.
Finding out that the Environmental Protection Agency is blaming a Georgia county for violating certain regulations could cause concern for the local government's finances. Cleanup of river pollution can be expensive, and has the potential for putting a significant dent into a county's finances. Finding the funding can be a challenge.
When one or more companies here in Georgia or elsewhere are accused of violating environmental regulations, it may not be necessary to simply give in to the first demands of a federal, state or local government agency. It may be possible to negotiate a deal on which everyone can agree. No matter how long the negotiations may take, the ultimate goal is to clean up the water pollution, which -- in many cases -- did not intentionally occur.
As the suburbs of cities like Atlanta spread further away from the city center, new infrastructure is needed to support them. Laying new roads, parking lots and sidewalks is more than likely part of that process. Without proper planning, storm water (including rain and melting snow) could ultimately cause water pollution that ends up putting Georgia residents at risk for health problems.
Although people may prefer the taste of bottled water, many still wouldn't think twice before filling a glass from the sink or making a cup of coffee from tap water. The water that washes your dishes and makes ice in your freezer likely comes from underground water sources in your community. With the ongoing development in Georgia's cities and towns, how can you know if your water source is safe and clean?
There is no question that many people across the country take clean water for granted. Using it to bathe, wash clothes and swim may cause people to forget that they also use it to drink and cook their food. Additionally, countless species of wildlife depend on clean water to exist. Water pollution is a serious issue in Georgia, and those whose job is to protect the waterways are constantly studying the contaminants that affect its safety.
Logically, you may know that this is a good thing, but when the Environmental Protection Agency or a Georgia environmental agency comes knocking on your door, you may not appreciate it. Alleged violations of water quality standards can be costly to your business. You may need someone in your corner to help you get through your dealings with these agencies in a way that keeps your business profitable.
The health of Georgia's environment is the responsibility of everyone. To that end, the Georgia Water Coalition recently recognized the efforts of the "Clean 13" to keep water pollution at bay. The coalition includes more than 240 organizations varying from hunting and fishing groups to conservation and environmental organizations to businesses and faith-based organizations that work to protect the waterways here in Georgia.