May 23, 2017 In 35th Anniversary
Champions of Change
America’s Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and other critical environmental laws are only as good as their enforcement. Lax enforcement coupled with corporate greed and negligence expose land, air, water and people to damage and destruction. For decades, Public Justice has stepped up whenever government agencies step back from their obligations to keep America’s communities clean and safe.
On behalf of local communities and organizations, Public Justice has filed more than 30 citizen suits in 14 states to hold corporate wrongdoers accountable for their violations of federal environmental statutes regulating clean air, clean water, coal mining and hazardous waste. Our legal team has taken the lead in challenging the coal industry’s destructive mountaintop removal mining practices in Appalachia, and held coal companies accountable for polluting rivers and streams that impact fish, wildlife and drinking water supplies. We’ve challenged oil and gas fracking operations in America’s heartland, and forced factory farms to clean up their act after sewage from thousands of cows seeped into local aquifers, polluting drinking water. And our Coal Ash Project protects communities and wildlife from toxic pollution, and forces coal companies to confront and pay the full cost of the damage they do.
Working in partnership with citizens in impacted communities, the country’s leading environmental advocates and allies in the legal community, Public Justice is helping ensure that future generations have access to clean air and water, and that today’s government leaders are held accountable when they fail to address pollution, climate change and toxic waste disposal.