When it comes to beauty, we live in a world of abundance. We are surrounded by rivers, canyons, oceans, and more. So as we develop the world around us, we are confronted with balancing nature and progress. To advocate for the world around us, many lawyers take the side of nature. A common way to defend the natural world is through legal protections such as the Clean Water Act, which governs water pollution. We could spend all day going over the environmental issues that are raised when we aim to balance nature and progress, but instead we are going to focus on just a few current issues.
Use Of Land
Just about anyone (property owners, developers, contractors, builders, bankers, sellers, buyers, agents) could potentially find themselves in the middle of an issue whereby there is tension between the use of land and the protection of the environment. In this case, the help of a real estate attorney is essential. A few examples of issues that can be confronted include:
- Due Diligence (an example of this is a phase 1 environmental site assessment)
- Indemnification Contracts
- Storm Water Control
- Developmental Regulations
While they exist to protect precious resources, dealing with agencies like the EPA can be difficult. Once you are targeted for inspection, you are dealing with slow-downs in your work and bureaucracy. If you are in the wrong, you could be facing fines or penalties. Here are some examples of EPA violations you’ll want to avoid finding yourself suspected of:
- Oil Spills
- Improper Handling of Hazardous Waste
- Unauthorized Dredging of Wetlands
- Tampering with A/C Systems in Automobiles
- Radiological Discharges
- Releases of Pollutants
There are many laws on the books that have been designed to protect the environment around us. Many of them require registration for permits or compliance with existing regulation.
You may also find yourself in the position of defending yourself in an environmental lawsuit in a state court against a government agency. On the flip-side, you may find yourself bringing a legal claim due to injury caused by environmental negligence in a tort claim.
Regardless of your situation, if you find yourself in the middle of something like this, you’ll need attorneys experienced in handling environmental cases.