Companies and landowners in Louisiana sometimes violate federal, state and local environmental laws that regulate the discharge of toxic wastes and other pollutants into the environment. Sometimes the company or person in charge decides that it’s cheaper to pollute than to prevent toxic and chemical exposure to innocent people. Having spent years litigating against these bad actors and negligent parties, the environmental attorneys of Harrell & Nowak can be your environmental hazards lawyer in New Orleans, Metairie, Kenner, and other areas throughout Louisiana.
Dangerous Pollutants Identified by the EPA
Air pollution and cancer have a serious link. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has identified 188 separate toxic air pollutants that are known or suspected to cause cancer or other serious health effects. In addition to toxic chemicals released into the air, there are harmful chemicals that companies illegally release into the water or soil.
The EPA works with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality to safeguard the environment, but it cannot always police the hundreds of illegal chemical releases that occur annually. Exposure to toxic chemicals can cause respiratory illness and injury, neurological disorders and many forms of cancer. If you have fallen ill because of toxic chemical exposure, contact the lawyers at our New Orleans firm, also serving Metairie, Kenner, and nearby communities.
Legal Representation in Toxic and Chemical Exposure Cases
Harrell & Nowak represents people who have been injured by the pollution and release of toxic chemicals in the air, soil, and water. These releases can be from explosions, leaks, spills, or fires. Eric Nowak and Shirin Harrell have been appointed by the Court as class counsel in a large environmental class action case in Orleans Parish involving the release of a toxic chemical.