Environmental Dangers

Alabama Has One Of The Highest Water Pollution Rates In The Nation

by Norris Injury Lawyers | July 1st, 2014

The way of life we enjoy today would not be what it is without industrialization; however, the moves to gather and create a deeper pool of resources has come at the price of damaging the environment, and this puts us in harm’s way.

The extent of this damage was underestimated until a recent report was released by an environmental advocacy group, which shows 12. 3 million pounds of toxic chemicals were released into Alabama’s waterways in a year’s time. Reports indicate this was the fourth largest release of toxins in the nation.

Experts explain Alabama was in the top quarter of states that had the highest release of harmful chemicals that are known to cause cancer and other forms of Alabama environmental injury.

An article from Al.com points out that some of Alabama’s largest corporations are to blame for the high levels of pollution, including:

  • ThyssenKrup Steel and Stainless Steel
  • Georgia-Pacific Mills
  • Huxford Pole and Timber Company

Researchers say that the Clean Water Act was put into place to prevent such pollution from occurring, but there seems to be a disconnect somewhere as little action is being taken to correct the problem.

In the meantime, the citizens of Alabama are the ones who are paying the price. That’s why the Birmingham personal injury attorneys at Norris Injury Lawyers encourage anyone who has been harmed as the result of toxic exposure to discuss your legal rights with a qualified attorney immediately. The firm is here to help. Call (888) 318-4245 or complete a free online consultation form on our website.

City at risk of violating EPA rule

by Norris Injury Lawyers | March 18th, 2008

March 14, 2008

The Huntsville Times reported that new limits on ozone levels are set below the city’s average reading, and residents may be at risk of Huntsville environmental injuries.

Huntsville’s environmental danger may be violating federal ozone standards for the first time since the passage of the Clean Air Act in 1970.

While North Alabama is in the midst of a drought, Huntsville’s air pollution levels may remain above the new EPA standard for a while, which could get the city tagged as a “nonattainment” area for ozone.

An official with Alabama Environmental Management Commission member from Huntsville said the board will try to stay in compliance with the tighter standards as it governs the Alabama Department of Environmental Management and sets policies for the state in the hopes of avoiding Alabama environmental injuries.

Bill to Ban Teen Cell-Phone Use While Driving

by Norris Injury Lawyers | January 11th, 2008

January 11, 2008

Local lawmakers are in the process of creating a bill that would ban cell-phone use by drivers under age 18.

Generally, young drivers—ages 16 to 20—have little driving experience and are easily distracted. According to a recent study, young drivers were involved in almost 20% of Alabama auto accidents in 2005. Lawmakers are using statistics like these to reinforce their stand on why this bill is so important.

The bill also seeks to add restrictions to the graduated driver’s license law that was passed in 2002.