Environmental law is the body of law intended to protect the environment from pollution, misuse, overuse, and other damage. Environmental law encompasses international treaties, statutes, regulations, and common law and/or national legislation. The federal Environmental Protection Agency and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management are the agencies that commonly enforce environmental laws.
While environmental law is inherently a broad-scope subject that no fully definitive list of law can be made, there are typically two major categories:
- Pollution control and remediation, and
- Resource conservation and individual exhaustion.
Oftentimes, environmental law imposes limitations on commerce for the difficult-to-qualify benefit of the environment, and thus can be controversial. Environmental law is constantly evolving with time and new scientific discoveries.
Environmental law is complex and ever changing. If you have been accused of violating environmental law, or if you are accusing a business or person of violating environmental law, you’ll need a qualified environmental law attorney to guide you through the legal process. An attorney experienced with environmental law issues will help you avoid costly and time-consuming litigation in the following areas:
- Real Estate: Industrial and commercial development
- Environmental permits
- Compliance strategies
- Insurance coverage litigation
- Hazardous waste liability
- Clean-up matters
- Environmental enforcement action
- Toxic illnesses/injuries