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Groups sue to stop PFAS pollution in northwest Georgia

Groups plan lawsuit to stop PFAS pollution in northwest Georgia Coosa River Basin Initiative, SELC, plan to sue the city of Calhoun in federal court ROME, Ga. — On behalf of Coosa River Basin Initiative, the Southern Environmental Law Center filed a lawsuit against the city of Calhoun in Federal District Court for violating federal law and allowing harmful pollutants in drinking water. Calhoun’s wastewater treatment plant is polluting the region with PFAS in two ways:discharging PFAS directly to the Coosawattee River…

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Coosa River Basin Initiative and Coosa Riverkeeper Join Forces to Monitor PFAS Contamination in the Coosa River Basin

In response to growing concerns about per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and their potential impact on public health, Coosa River Basin Initiative (CRBI) and Coosa Riverkeeper are pleased to announce their collaboration on a crucial project aimed at monitoring PFAS contamination in the Coosa River Basin in Georgia and Alabama. PFAS are a group of human-made chemicals used in various industries for their stain resistant and flame retardant properties. Unfortunately, these persistent chemicals have been linked to potential health risks…

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Breaking Down the Facts About Microplastics

Imagining a world without plastics may feel impossible considering what a staple they are in today’s society, yet their large scale production and use only dates back to the 1950s. Since then, their production has surpassed most other man-made materials. It has been estimated that between the 1950s and 2015, approximately 6300 million metric tons of plastic waste has been manufactured, 60% of which currently resides in landfills or the environment, including our water.  While many people have heard about…

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Why Test for E. coli? Here’s What You Need to Know…

Written by Courtnee Davenport Every year, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, CRBI sends out dedicated field techs to collect water samples from 30 boat ramps, public beaches, and rivers from Weiss Lake to Allatoona Lake for Swim Guide. The goal for collecting these samples is to find out how much E. coli is present in these popular recreational areas. In order to help our community better understand what E. coli is, where it comes from, and why it matters…

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Rome News Tribune Article Covers Beginning Stages of CRBI’s PFAS chemical testing

Rome News Tribune published an article that gives a great overview of CRBI’s plans for a multi-year study to determine the extent of PFAS contamination in Northwest Georgia and Northeast Alabama. While it is clear that many of the waterways in our watershed are contaminated by PFAS chemicals from upstream manufacturers, the extent of the contamination is yet to be verified. We will be collaborating with Coosa Riverkeeper in Alabama to test sites and Cyclopure, a company in California to…

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EPA Releases New Health Advisories for PFAS in Drinking Water.  What Does it Mean for Your Health?

On June 15th, 2022 the EPA released new health advisories (HAs) for a chemical group known as PFAS. The EPA’s health advisories are used by municipalities as guidelines for how to keep our drinking water safe and free from harmful chemicals and contaminants.  Using the most current scientific evidence, they make recommendations for the best ways municipalities can protect public health.  The group of manufactured chemicals in question, PFAS, has been under scrutiny for a number of years as research…

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