The site is located in an area designated as being of higher susceptibility to groundwater pollution in the Georgia Digital Environmental Atlas, and also has been identified as a significant groundwater recharge area. Numerous sinkholes and spring fed lakes are in the area. The danger of permanent damage to the water table, the creeks, wells, springs, sloughs, and the Etowah River is real. Pollution by methane gas, noise pollution, and and airborne chemical pollution are other concerns. Habitat for diverse and abundant wildlife will be destroyed. Endangered species present in and around the Etowah River will be placed in further peril should contamination of the water supply occur.