Across the country, numerous companies continue to dump far more pollution than the law allows into our air and water. These polluters have exposed the people who live nearby to pollutants that cause cancer, trigger asthma attacks, disrupt the body’s hormone system, and cut lives short. They have harmed wildlife, and degraded their habitat.
And yet in these cases, state and local government officials have done nothing, or too little too late, to stop the pollution and hold the polluters accountable.
Fortunately, the law gives citizens a chance to act directly to stop the pollution. Under the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and other environmental laws, citizens are empowered to file suit against violators.
Acting on behalf of citizens, and often working in tandem with other national and local environmental groups, our national litigation team has done just that. Together, we’ve won more than $250 million in court-ordered penalties and pollution-reducing actions, from San Francisco Bay to Boston Harbor, from the Great Lakes to the neighborhoods abutting the nation’s largest chemical refineries in Texas.