Clean Water Act

The United States has always benefited greatly from the abundance of water resources available to its residents and industries. The rivers, streams, lakes, and oceans that are in and around the land have enabled many communities to grow and thrive and have provided both natural beauty and sources of economic strength.

Unfortunately, many water-based activities and unscrupulous businesses harmed the quality of these waters, necessitating the enactment of legislation that would prevent the introduction of excessive or dangerous pollution and eliminate existing contaminants from the water. The Clean Water Act is the major federal law on the matter and it provides requirements and punishments for failure to comply.

The negligent actions of several companies led to the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and the subsequent flow of millions of gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Beyond the damage that this spill has done to numerous industries and the regional ecosystem, it constitutes a clear violation of the provisions of the Clean Water Act and therefore is subject to the imposition of significant penalties.

If you have observed evidence of polluted water then you may wish to speak with an attorney about the appropriate course of action. Contact the Gulf of Mexico oil spill lawsuit lawyers of Williams Hart at 800-821-1544 today to express your concerns.

Pertinent Features of the Clean Water Act

One of the mechanisms that was introduced to aid in the effort to control water pollution was the creation of a permit system to authorize so-called “point sources”, including oil and gas drilling operations, to discharge some pollutants into the water. The violation of the limits for a particular permit may be punished by the following fines for criminal negligence:

  • First offenses warrant fines of $5,000 – $25,000 per day that violations were present
  • Second and subsequent offenses may merit fines of $5,000 – $50,000 per day
  • A corporation may be fined up to $1,000,000 for knowingly endangering a person’s safety

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We understand that the cleanliness of our waters is essential to our nation’s long-term health and success. Contact the Gulf of Mexico oil spill lawsuit lawyers of Williams Hart at 800-821-1544 to learn more about your legal rights in the wake of blatant Clean Water Act violations.

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