Environmental Lawsuits

The foundation of environmental law is the Nation Environment Protection Act (NEPA) of 1970. This Act was passed for the purpose of protecting the environment against such harmful attacks as pollution, contamination, chemical and nuclear waste, oil spills, and excessive logging. Other measures that have been taken include the Environmental Quality Improvement Act, the Environmental Education Act, and the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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In order to enforce environmental restrictions, environmental lawsuits are often brought against negligent parties. In general, these lawsuits are filed by state and governmental agencies. However, there are also many cases of privately filed environmental lawsuits to force the cleanup of pollution or contamination. Common examples of environmental lawsuits include water contamination, factory and air pollution, chemical poisoning, toxic waste, oil spills, toxic mold, lead poisoning, and asbestos hazards.

When an environment infringement causes damages to an individual or their property, an environmental lawsuit can be brought under common law. These lawsuits can seek compensation for damages to property, personal injury, and/or bodily harm. Anyone harmed due to environmental negligence may be eligible to file an environmental lawsuit and should contact a lawyer as soon as possible to discuss their case.

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