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Rethinking the checks and balances of environmental law

Owning a business in California can be a lucrative and otherwise rewarding endeavor. However, it can also inspire the kinds of headaches which require multiple doses of migraine medication, a quiet room and lots of rest. One of the primary reasons why owning a business in California can be so stressful is that businesses are held to some of the strictest standards in the nation when it comes to environmental law.

What is a toxic tort?

If you own or operate a business in California, you have likely heard the phrase “toxic tort” uttered in legal meetings or written about by various media outlets. This phrase is ubiquitous in California legal and business circles, partially because California has such stringent environmental laws. However, this term is not always fully understood. The risk of not understanding this term is that your business could be held liable for committing a toxic tort even if you have acted with the best of intentions.

The importance of obtaining environmental licenses and permits

Few California businesses are able to operate without obtaining an environmental license or permit at some point or another. Whether a business is seeking to build a new structure, get rid of manufacturing waste or cut down naturally growing plant life, that business may need environmental licenses and permits to do so.

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