Hazardous waste presents serious problems for both people and the environment. At the national level, these health and environmental concerns are addressed in the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, or RCRA. This act regulates how hazardous waste is treated, stored and disposed of. The act applies to all companies and entities that generate any type of hazardous waste, as well as any companies that store and dispose of such materials.
However, this act and the overall increased awareness of toxic waste come too late for many victims of environmental toxic waste. If you or a loved has been the victim of hazardous waste, you should immediately call an attorney who specializes in this field of law to protect your legal rights. The attorneys at the Nourmand Law Firm have the experience and resources to help you obtain the compensation that you deserve.Types of Hazardous Waste
Hazardous waste is defined as any unwanted material – including byproducts and garbage – that post a threat to human health and/or the environment. The four main types of hazardous materials as defined in the RCRA are:
- Flammable waste – may spontaneously combust
- Reactive waste – may explode/ignite if compressed or heated
- Corrosive waste – may corrode metal
- Toxic waste – can cause deadly health problems if inhaled, ingested or absorbed
These wastes can include a variety of liquids, solids, sludges and gases. They can include discarded commercial products that include pesticides and cleaning fluids. Other toxic materials may be the by-products of many manufacturing processes.
If a company handles any such types of wastes, it must follow strict state and federal guidelines regarding their treatment, storage and disposal. If the company violates these laws and harms a person or the environment, it must be held legally liable for the resulting damages.The Results of Hazardous Waste Can Be Devastating
Industrial and other types of hazardous waste do not degrade quickly. The majority of these types of toxins can linger in the environment for many years. These toxins can poison the soil, water, air and anything else that lives in its close proximity, including humans. The results can be devastating, including:
- Causing cancer clusters
- Resulting in sterility or poisoning of foods
- Exposure to unsafe chemicals and solvents
- Exposure to carcinogens
- Poisoned land that either does not produce crops or produces unsafe crops
- Toxic chemical spills
When victims are subject to hazardous wastes, which ultimately cause cancer, brain damage or other serious injuries or death, they may be entitled to file lawsuits, known as a toxic tort. This lawsuit will hold the polluters liable for their wrongful actions. Since hazardous waste typically affects large groups or even communities, toxic tort cases are often class actions.The Best Hazardous Waste Personal Injury Lawyers
The legal team at the Nourmand Law Firm has the experience, knowledge and resources to bring justice to victims of toxic torts. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our attorneys, please call us at (310) 553-3600 or contact us online.