Environmental Enforcement Project

The Environmental Enforcement Project at Public Justice: Fighting Climate Change, Securing Environmental Justice, and Making Polluters Pay.

At the Environmental Enforcement Project, we go to court every day to fight climate change, secure environmental justice, and make polluters pay.

We utilize the most powerful tools available to citizens by enforcing our nation’s environmental laws in state and federal court. Our experienced litigators win precedent-setting cases that result in meaningful, transformative change. We hold polluters accountable by requiring corporations to clean up their act and comply with our Nation’s environmental laws.

Click the video above to view Javon Bennett’s testimony about the coal dust pollution in Lambert’s Point, Virginia. Learn more about the case here.

Public Justice is one of Food & Water Watch’s most important partners in the fight to reform our unjust food system, shut down factory farms that pollute waterways and harm public health, and take on Big Ag’s entrenched corporate power. Their legal team is exceptional, and we always appreciate their support.

Tarah Heinzen, Legal Director, Food & Water Watch

You can help. You have the power to stop polluters. Contact us today to confidentially and anonymously make a pollution report. We take your privacy seriously at Public Justice. If you are a whistleblower, please use this form to ensure your report is treated with the highest degree of care and confidentiality. You can also make a donation to Public Justice to allow us to enhance and expand our work. Every step and every dollar matters.

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Dan, Jim and the whole Public Justice team are exceptional lawyers and fierce advocates who fight on behalf of communities impacted by irresponsible and greedy corporations. They win cases that have far-reaching implications for the environment---establishing precedent that will extend beyond individual court cases.

Aaron Isherwood, Phillip S. Berry Managing Attorney, Sierra Club

Recent Highlights:

  • In June 2023, in a landmark victory for clean water, we reached a settlement with two factory farms in Yakima, WA. As part of the settlement, the two factory farm dairies DBD and SMD have agreed to clean up their act and take measures to prevent future pollution and ensure clean drinking water for residents of Yakima Valley. We’re proud to have partnered with the Center for Food Safety and several local groups and public interest attorneys in this important fight for clean water. Read the full press release here.
  • In May 2023, we filed a lawsuit to defend our right to clean water. We’re taking on Simplot for discharging untreated animal waste into the Snake River. Simplot contributes to the dirtying of our waterways, harming our communities and endangering the health of anyone who eats fish from or recreates in the Snake River. Read the full press release here

Our Team

Learn more about the Environmental Enforcement Project team of attorneys:

Dan Snyder
Director, Environmental Enforcement Project

Jim Hecker
Senior Attorney, Environmental Enforcement Project

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