Many businesses deal with hazardous materials every day. As a result, many state and federal regulations regarding the safe handling of such materials have been put into place, including the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. Violating these laws can cause your business, yourself, or your employees to be subject to consequences for those violations.
In Louisiana, the oil and gas industry contribute greatly to our economy. When crude oil is extracted, the process utilizes various regulated materials apart from the oil itself, which create emissions that are governed by various federal acts. Even beyond the oil and gas industry, smaller businesses, such as dry cleaners, can find themselves facing consequences related to the handling of hazardous materials.
If you find yourself or your business facing charges in violation of environmental regulation, no matter what size business you are a part of or what role you play, you need to begin preparing a strong defense that understands the complexity of such charges.