Federal and state environmental laws protect us and our environment from harmful pollution. Many employers intentionally do not comply with these laws but fraudulently represent to federal, state and local governments that they do. Many state and federal environmental laws have provisions that encourage citizens and employees to report environmental law violations by employers and others. All of us, as responsible citizens and employees, should report the improper, unsafe, or potentially illegal practices of employers, contractors or others that harm human health and the environment. These laws also protect employees from employer retaliation when an employee reports employer violations.
Liability can arise when a business: falsely certifies compliance with required environmental laws and regulations related to work activities; deliberately overcharges the government for hazardous waste clean up; gets paid for work that the contractor did not perform; falsifies records of pollutant releases; or provides services that do not meet government specifications. Many other forms of fraudulent or unlawful actions related to environmental compliance requirements may also support liability.
In addition to doing the right thing by reporting environmental law violations, individuals may be eligible to receive a substantial monetary award for coming forward. If you are aware of any business conduct that could be unlawful under environmental laws or if you have, or think you have, witnessed a fraud with regard to a business’ compliance with environmental regulations or a government contract, contact a lawyer in our firm’s Toxic Torts Section for a free and confidential evaluation of your claim. You can contact one of the lawyers in our environmental law litigation team. Rhon Jones, Parker Miller, or Rick Stratton will be glad to talk with you. Contact them at 800-898-2034 or by email at Rhon.Jones@beasleyallen.com, Parker.Miller@beasleyallen.com, or Rick.Stratton@beasleyallen.com.
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