Environmental Law

Due to the enormous environmental stresses we have placed on our planet, mother earth cannot heal or filter our toxins as she would under normal circumstances. Runaway pollution caused by every day activities, certain factories, industrial or manufacturing plants, refineries, agriculture, farming, resource conservation, etc. has triggered a series of environmental laws and watch groups with the sole purpose of cleaning up and restoring the planet and preventing environmental violators from the endless pillage of the earth. States, companies, and citizens have to comply with environmental laws in order to ensure adequate treatment of our planet. Unfortunately, money is the prime motivating factor for many that choose to ignore environmental protection laws in order to turn a quick dime.

Environmental law is concerned with any environmental issues regarding individuals, businesses, and government entities. Environmental law dictates how certain properties can be used and prohibits the dumping of toxic waste or other hazardous materials in our lakes, rivers, streams, and public land.

Through past environmental disasters, we have learned how much damage we can do to the environment. Destructive and catastrophic environmental disasters like nuclear reactor accidents, major oil spills, chemical spills, drinking water contamination, war, and global warming have forced us to deal with the issue and have helped us to understand the devastation we are capable of. The wreckage of our own indifference has made us realize and understand the scope of environmental pollution and the importance of environmental laws and regulations.

The Environmental Assessment Report (EAR) is used to gather data and implement solutions for environmental accidents by government agencies. It serves to help registered professional geologist make environmental assessments and coordinate activities for the evaluation of subsurface environmental investigations. The report is invaluable in the recognition of the likely environmental effects of proposed projects on the surrounding natural environment. In order to avoid future environmental catastrophes or the further unintentional encroachment and inadvertent destruction of our environment, federal agencies use EAR to examine and determine the potential effects of an intended project on natural habitats that will be directly affected by such a project. Depending on the findings in this document, an environmental impact statement may be drafted.

Environmental Hot Topics addressed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) include:

  • Air Pollution
  • Water Pollution
  • Toxic Waste
  • Plants and factories
  • Illegal Dumping
  • Marine and Ocean Discharges
  • Heavy Metal Contamination
  • Asbestos
  • Chemical Spills
  • Oil Spills
  • Solid Waste
  • Toxic Tort

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