Environmental law is a broad practice area that encompasses a range of issues surrounding the environment including water and air quality, land use, hazardous waste, species protection, agriculture, wetlands, biodiversity, and waste management. It also encompasses the handling, transportation, regulation and cleanup of hazardous substances. Many environmental laws both regulate activities and give individuals and groups the right to bring legal actions to enforce the laws’ protections or remedy environmental harms. Almost every aspect of life in the United States is touched by environmental law. Drinking water must meet state and federal quality standards before it may be consumed by the public. Car manufacturers must comply with emissions standards to protect air quality. The practice of environmental law covers all sectors - - the private sector, public interest and government and even INTERNATIONAL law issues. A lawyer may choose to have a GENERAL environmental practice, handling a broad range of environmental issues, or may specialize, focusing on such areas as ENERGY & CLIMATE CHANGE, CONSERVATION & NATURAL RESOURCES, POLLUTION & HARMS TO PUBLIC HEALTH or CLEAN TECH.
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