Critical problems, proven results

NELC attorneys have a proven track record of bringing corporate polluters to justice and translating public frustration into environmental victories.

Enforcing anti-pollution laws

NELC attorneys carefully monitor compliance with environmental laws and report violations to government agencies.

Protecting public health

On October 6, NELC filed a complaint under the federal Clean Air Act against ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steelmaker. The suit will address hundreds of air pollution violations at the company’s Monessen Coke Plant.

Challenging inadequate standards

Cooling systems at power plants and factories across the country pull in water from local lakes, rivers, and estuaries, killing billions of aquatic organisms in the process.

Stopping illegal air pollution

Since 2005, ExxonMobil’s Baytown, Texas, refinery and chemical plants have released more than 5,000 tons of unauthorized pollutants into the air — including carcinogens and respiratory irritants.

Become a Member

NELC research and litigation is made possible by the generosity of our contributing members. Through membership support, NELC attorneys obtain court orders to stop illegal pollution and secure major penalties against violators of environmental laws.

National Environmental Law Center

NELC is a non-profit litigation center founded in 1990 to enforce anti-pollution laws and protect public health and the environment. NELC attorneys work closely with state and local citizen groups by providing essential legal expertise to bring corporate polluters to justice. Read more about NELC.