Dedicated Illinois Environmental Law Attorneys
Experienced representation in complex issues
Environmental laws are designed to protect people from illness, other living creatures from harm and our world from permanent damage. Understanding the full scope of environmental laws requires knowledge about federal legislation, state statutes, agency regulations and civil and criminal laws. James D. Cottrell Law Office, P.C. assists companies with compliance and advising individuals and communities about protecting their rights.
Complex laws governing environment
A number of laws and agencies are involved in enforcement of environmental issues. The firm’s attorneys remain updated on new laws and court decisions to provide sophisticated, professional service to their clients. Some of the essential laws they use in their work include:
- National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
- Environmental Quality Improvement Act
- National Environmental Education Act
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations
- Endangered Species Act (ESA)
- Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
- Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA/Superfund)
- Clean Air Act (CAA)
- Clean Water Act (CWA)
- Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)
The best time to address environmental concerns is prior to enforcement by a government agency. The attorneys at James D. Cottrell Law Office, P.C. work closely with your company, engineers and scientists to ensure environmental compliance. If your company is unfairly accused of contamination or noncompliance, they defend you against unjust regulation and assist you in the mitigation of damages.
Tort litigation gives you recourse to force companies and governmental departments to comply with the law and initiate cleanup, when appropriate. Tort litigation also provides for recovery of compensation when injury, illness or property damage results from a failure to comply with the law. In addition to federal legislation, the firm’s lawyers apply common law, such as that against trespass and nuisance, to protect landowners from interference with their property rights.