Private Enforcement of Environmental Regulations
Holding Parties Accountable for Environmental Contamination
Environmental regulation has noticeably tightened in recent years, and legislators have struggled to strike a balance between protecting the environment and preserving the rights of property owners and business operators. Sometimes, environmental laws go too far, preventing Texans from conducting business in a profitable manner. Other times, they unexpectedly fall short.
If the law has failed to protect you or your property from environmental contamination, our attorney at McPherson Law Firm PLLC is here to advocate for your rights and hold responsible parties accountable. Attorney McPherson has assisted clients on both sides of contamination disputes for more than 30 years, and this experience gives him a deep understanding of what it takes to resolve conflict.
Filing Complaints and Filing Suit
If you have been adversely affected by environmental contamination, one of your options is to file a complaint with the appropriate federal or state agency, asking them to begin an enforcement case against the responsible party. But using agencies to enforce justice may be more difficult than it seems.
You may run into the following roadblocks when you file a complaint:
- The agency’s resources are stretched too thin
- The agency doesn’t understand what you are trying to say
- You might file your complaint with the wrong agency
- The agency doesn’t have time to fully investigate every tip
- Making a complaint may put you in the agency’s line of fire
We will work tirelessly to ensure you file the complaint in the proper manner and avoid these issues entirely. In some cases, however, we may recommend an alternative. Depending on state and federal statutes, you may instead have the right to privately enforce environmental laws by suing the responsible party in court.
To determine which option is best for your unique circumstances, you will likely need to retain qualified environmental legal counsel. At McPherson Law Firm PLLC, we can closely assess your situation to develop the best private enforcement strategy for your case. Mark McPherson has extensive experience helping clients file and pursue private enforcement actions involving air, waste, and water contamination.