Maintaining your environmental due-diligence can be difficult while running a profitable company that deals with the distribution, manufacturing or production of potentially harmful substances. If a court finds your enterprise in violation of California environmental law, the repercussions could be massive for the successful operation of your company.
Protecting the environment while managing business interests
A California court recently ruled that Kern County violated California state environmental regulations when it passed an oil and gas ordinance in favor of oil drilling, citing unreliable safety studies. When initiating a new business enterprise, you should familiarize yourself with the three main sources of California’s environmental legal structure:
- California environmental quality act (CEQA): This act can halt construction projects by challenging the methods of a company in designing, building and producing mitigation measures for a project.
- Toxic tort laws: A toxic tort is a legal justification for a claim regarding exposure to toxic or dangerous substances. A multi-party/mass tort litigation can have substantial consequences for a business that is found in violation of releasing toxic pollutants. Assessments can become extremely complex in weighing scientific studies, medical claims, remediation practices, and impacts studies.
- Regulatory agencies: Clients often have to respond to violation notices issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Conservation for California and other state and federal agencies.
Finding a balance between business and the environment
If you find that your company is at risk of California environmental law, find an attorney who can help you pursue the best remediation methods while keeping your business intact.