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Environment America Litigation Project

目标:通过追究污染者的责任,保护我们饮用的水和我们呼吸的空气.
For 30 years, 我们的国家诉讼团队已经根据《体育外围》直接将污染者告上法庭, Clean Air Act and other environmental laws, 赢得了超过2.5亿美元的法庭罚款和减少污染的行动. 为了保护我们的空气,我们准备将更多的污染者告上法庭, our water and the people and wildlife that depend on them.
  • <h4>v. EXXONMOBIL</h4><h5>After our sister group Environment Texas filed suit, a federal judge ordered Exxon to pay a $14.25 million fine for committing 16,公司在贝城违反了《体育外围》386天, Texas, refinery and chemical plant complex.</h5><em>Roy Luck via Flickr, CC-BY-2.0</em>
  • <h4>v. PILGRIM'S PRIDE</h4><h5>The world’s second-largest chicken producer agreed to upgrade its equipment and pay a penalty after our sister group Environment Florida filed suit against the company for polluting Florida’s Suwannee River.</h5><em>Joe Matos</em>
  • <h4>v. ARCELORMITTAL</h4><h5>After the world’s largest steel company showered Pittsburgh-area neighborhoods with soot, acidic gases and noxious odors, 我们的姐妹集团宾夕法尼亚环境大学采取的法律行动导致该公司同意支付1美元.5 million penalty and upgrade pollution controls. </h5><em>Khaetlyn Grindell</em>
  • <h4>v. CASELLA WASTE SYSTEMS</h4><h5>A trash hauler’s landfill contaminated Massachusetts drinking water supplies with a suspected carcinogen and heavy metals. 我们的姐妹组织马萨诸塞州环境组织正在寻求一项禁令,要求该公司控制污染.</h5><em>nelconline.org</em>
  • <h4>v. U.S. EPA</h4><h5>We’re party to a lawsuit seeking to force the agency to regulate the intake of cooling water at large power and manufacturing plants, a practice that kills billions of fish and other organisms.</h5><em>USFWS, CC-BY-2.0</em>
From the Great Lakes to Texas refineries

Across the country, 许多公司继续向空气和水中排放远远超过法律允许的污染物. 这些污染者使住在附近的人们暴露在致癌的污染物中, 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.

幸运的是,这项法律给了公民一个直接采取行动制止污染的机会. 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, 而且经常与其他国家和地方环保组织合作, our national litigation team has done just that. Together, 我们赢得了超过2.5亿美元的法院命令的罚款和减少污染的行动, from San Francisco Bay to Boston Harbor, 从五大湖到毗邻德克萨斯州最大的炼油厂的社区.

Florida's Suwannee River, protected by our legal action.
Ebyabe via Wikimedia, CC-BY-2.5
Recent cases

在过去的一年里,我们的国家诉讼团队专注于这些重大案件:

  • Two cases, one against ExxonMobil and one against a subsidiary of Petrobras, the Brazilian oil company, for thousands of Clean Air Act violations at their Texas refineries. In April 2017, a federal judge ordered Exxon to pay a $14.25 million fine, 被认为是有史以来环境公民诉讼中最大的民事处罚, for committing 16,公司在贝城违反了《体育外围》386天, Texas, refinery and chemical plant complex. U.S. 地区法官大卫·希特纳发现,埃克森美孚通过推迟实施必要的污染控制措施获利1400多万美元, and released more than 10 million pounds of illegal air emissions. ExxonMobil has appealed the decision.
     
  • Against Pilgrim’s Pride美国是世界第二大鸡肉生产商,因其污染了佛罗里达州的苏旺尼河. In November 2017, the company reached an agreement to make equipment upgrades, 调查消除或显著减少向苏旺尼河的所有排放的可能性, 并支付据信是佛罗里达州历史上最大的《体育外围》民事诉讼罚款.
     
  • Against ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steel company, for showering Pittsburgh-area neighborhoods with emissions of soot, acidic gases and noxious odors. In December 2017, the company agreed to pay a $1.500万英镑的罚款(另一项州记录),估计花费200万美元用于空气污染控制.
     
  • Against Casella Waste Systems, a trash hauler with operations in 40 states, 因为垃圾填埋场污染了马萨诸塞州的饮用水供应系统,其中含有重金属和一种疑似致癌物质. 我们的姐妹组织马萨诸塞州环境组织正在寻求禁令,要求卡塞拉遏制或补救污染, hook up residents’ homes to a clean water supply, 并获得《体育外围》的排放许可证或停止向湿地排放污水, 以及要求卡塞拉因违反《体育外围》而支付民事罚款的命令.
     
  • Against the U.S. 以迫使该机构控制大型发电厂和制造厂的冷却水摄入量, a practice that kills billions of fish and other organisms. 我们的团队还提交了法庭之友(法庭之友)陈述书,支持特朗普政府废除的《体育外围》(Clean Water Rule).
Ready to bring polluters to court

We’re always on the lookout for other cases of illegal pollution. 然而,现在我们担心这些病例的数量可能很快就会上升. 自特朗普总统上任以来,环保署征收的罚款是 down 60 percent.

在我们成员的支持下,与当地公民和环保联盟合作, we continue to:

  • 追查我们目前的案子,阻止他们违反《体育外围》, and compel them to clean up and pay for their pollution.

  • 研究更多的州和国家的案例,包括我们的成员报告给我们的那些.

  • Mobilize the legal, 我们需要科学和其他技术资源,把更多的污染者告上法庭, hold them accountable, clean up our air and water, protect our health, and preserve nature and our wildlife.

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