Affecting the Environment

The state of Georgia continues to prove itself to be one of the least compliant states in the union when it comes to awareness for the environment. The peach state has, in fact, buried itself under a mound of toxicity.

Not exactly a forerunner in global advancement, Georgia seems to be offering peanuts to its environment. Besides the terrible smog pollution emitted each day by many cars, trucks, and buses, which don’t appear to conform to any sort of emissions restrictions, the Georgia water supply has now been found to have lethally high levels of nitrates, which can deplete oxygen in red blood cells of humans.

The manure of pigs, cows, and chickens is said to have contaminated water supplies in streams and lakes with nitrogen and phosphorus. In an effort to save money, even earn extra income, manure is kept on some farms in liquid form, ending up in ground water and polluting rivers and reservoirs.

Whether backtracking or displaying total ineptitude, Georgia Environmental Protection Division industrial compliance manager Dominic Weather ┬ácontends that specific farms causing pollution have not been identified. “We still have not been provided with adequate documentation from the inspector general’s office for us to draw our own conclusions at this point.” Perhaps this is because they just can’t read very well. All they are doing is pointing fingers and avoiding culpability, like any extremely poorly run organization.

The Georgia Agriculture Department blames it on poor communication. However, it is sliced, lies, cover ups and distractions do not reduce the nutrient pollution or nitrate levels, which are tremendous threats to the health of Georgia residents and their environment.

The state, which has yet to adopt cell phone usage while driving restrictions appears to be running like a chicken with its head cut off, with one agency blaming another and attorneys attempting to confuse this critical matter with ridiculous rhetoric such as “How are you going to know whether there is a problem if you haven’t been monitoring the situation?” This gem comes from Atlanta environmental lawyer Kurt Ebersbach. The answer is simple: tested levels are either acceptable or they are not. Whether they’re continuously monitored is inconsequential, and, quite frankly, such attempts to confuse the issue are not only counterproductive, but an embarrassment to anything intelligent or respectful.

Arunima Gupte