Georgia

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  • Citizens' Guide to Development in Coastal Georgia

    The Citizen’s Guide is intended to inform and educate the reader on the proper procedures for building in or adjacent to the coastal region of Georgia, consistent with state and federal environmental regulations. It is also designed to equip the reader with the knowledge needed to report illegal or potentially harmful activities. Content Detail

    By:
    Center for a Sustainable Coast
  • Environmental Laws and Regulations

    (1) Major statutes or laws that form the legal basis for the programs of the EPA. (2) Federal regulations codified in the Code of Federal Regulations and additional material related to Title 40: Protection of Environment. (3) A collection of non-binding guidance materials issued by EPA Headquarters offices since January 1, 1999. The collection includes documents issued to Regions, states, and/or the regulated community which explain what must be done to meet environmental requirements or explain how EPA will exercises its discretion in implementing statutory or regulatory requirements. Highlights: (a) About the Food Quality Protection Act, (b) Plain English Guide to the Clean Air Act, (c) RCRA* Orientation Manual, (d) Safe Drinking Water Act: Past Present and Future Content Detail

    By:
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Restrictions on the Way Real Property Can be Used

    This document describes basic legal limits on the way people use their property, including zoning regulations, subdivision covenants, easements, building codes, environmental regulations, and anti-discrimination laws, excerpted from An Introduction to Law in Georgia, Fourth Edition, published by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, 1998 (updated 2004). Read More

    By:
    Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia
  • The Plain English Guide to the Clean Air Act

    Why should you be concerned about air pollution? Air pollution can make you sick. It can cause burning eyes and nose and an itchy, irritated throat, as well as trouble in breathing. Some chemicals found in polluted air cause cancer, birth defects, brain and nerve damage and long-term injury to the lungs and breathing passages. Some air pollutants are so dangerous that accidental releases can cause serious injury or even death. The Clean Air Act will improve air quality in the United States, a good thing for your health, your property and the environment. We have prepared this summary of the 1990 version of the Clean Air Act because we think everyone should understand what is in the law and how it may effect them. Content Detail

    By:
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Citizen's Guide to Fighting Water Pollution in Georgia

    This guide is designed to help citizens like you maneuver through these processes and help achieve the Clean Water Act’s fundamental goal of protecting our water resources. We will take you step-by-step through the process of finding out what type of pollutants are being discharged into your watershed, by whom, whether they are harmful, and how to develop a strategy to reduce the amount of that pollution. We will also let you know how the Georgia Center for Law in the Public Interest can help you through this process. Content Detail

  • Enviromapper - Locating Environmental Problems, Solutions and Environmental Justice Issues

    On-line mapping tool from the Environmental Protection Agency, maps EPA-regulated facilities, brownfields tax-incentive zones, surface water, watershed environmental information, superfund clean up sites, and environmental justice information according to zip code. Content Detail

    By:
    United States Environmental Protection Agency