About NELCThe National Environmental Law Center (NELC) is a non-profit litigation center founded in 1990 to enforce anti-pollution laws and promote long-term solutions to the nation's pressing environmental problems. NELC attorneys have a proven track record of bringing corporate polluters to justice. NELC works closely with state and local citizen groups, providing essential legal expertise to protect public health and the environment. NELC helps the public to shape and uphold our core environmental laws, serving as a major force in public interest litigation. NELC attorneys have brought over 100 lawsuits to enforce the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Endangered Species Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), commonly known as Superfund. In addition, NELC challenges regulations imposed by environmental agencies when they violate the plain language of environmental laws.
Critical Problems, Proven Results
NELC attorneys have a proven track record of bringing corporate polluters to justice and translating public frustration into environmental victories. NELC has required payments of more than $200 million toward court-ordered penalties and pollution reduction measures, and allocated $45 million to environmental projects around the country. By demanding industry accountability, NELC has helped citizens restore waterways, preserve wildlife, and ensure air quality.
In 2011, NELC’s work forced GenOn, a power plant owner, to pay a record-setting penalty for fouling Pennsylvania’s waters.