Environmental Offenses Statute of Limitations

What are the major Federal Environmental Offenses?

There are various federal environmental laws and regulations in the United States that prohibit different types of activities that can harm the environment. Some of the most common environmental offenses include:

  1. Violations of the Clean Air Act, which regulates air pollution and emissions from stationary and mobile sources.

  2. Violations of the Clean Water Act, which regulates water pollution and discharge of pollutants into navigable waters.

  3. Violations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), which regulates the handling, storage, treatment, and disposal of hazardous waste.

  4. Violations of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA or Superfund), which governs the cleanup of hazardous waste sites and holds responsible parties accountable for the costs of cleanup.

  5. Violations of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which regulates the production, importation, use, and disposal of certain chemicals.

  6. Violations of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), which protects endangered and threatened species and their habitats.

  7. Violations of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which requires federal agencies to assess the environmental impacts of their proposed actions.

It's important to note that these are just examples and there are many other federal laws and regulations that protect the environment in the United States, and other countries may have different laws and regulations in place.