North Carolina Environmental Lawyer Achieves Positive Results
Experienced Clemmons advocate works to hold violators accountable
Located in Clemmons, Goldsmith Tuch Law provides comprehensive support to clients for a wide array of environmental law issues. My firm offers effective legal advice on how to hold polluters accountable for their action. I have been practicing law in North Carolina for almost 30 years and advocating for the environment for almost 40 years. I was recently trained in the area of Collaborative Law, where cases can be resolved without litigation. If I am not in a position to help you, I have resources and contacts that can help you. During my years as an environmental advocate, including service on nonprofit boards and governmental councils, I’ve seen how even powerful companies can be defeated through smart, determined legal action. My firm helps clients manage complex issues and takes a unique, collaborative approach to resolving pollution problems whenever possible.
Knowledgeable attorney advises on rules relating to land, air and water
People want clean air and clean water. They also want to live more sustainably, but do not know how to demand it from their government, companies and even neighbors. Citizens and community groups have the power to stop the pollution in their communities and in their state. You do not have to wait to be injured to take steps to stop the pollution. For example, we can still take actions under “citizen suit” provisions under state and federal laws. My colleagues wrote a great paper on this years ago and it is still relevant today. These laws can be used to prevent human and environmental injury. Here is some more information about:
- Clean Water Act — Since its establishment in 1972, the Clean Water Act has been adjusted to reflect scientific advances and changing environmental priorities. The laws help ensure companies are in compliance with current rules and handles cases where a potential violation exists.
- EPA regulations — I can Environmental Protection Agency regulations both in an advisory capacity and in situations where someone alleges that a rule has been broken. My familiarity with the statute and local concerns gives clients an advantage.
- CERCLA/Superfund issues — The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act provides federal “Superfund” resources for the remediation of hazardous waste sites. Determining site eligibility and finding the proper short- and long-term solutions can be complicated, but I can help with this process.
- Clean Air Act — Maintaining and protecting the nation’s air quality is everyone’s goal, but disputes over the Clean Air Act have arisen from the time it was passed in 1970. While this is federal law, states play a significant role in enforcing it. Whatever your particular concern might be, call me and we can discuss it.
- North Carolina Constitution protects the North Carolina coasts and forests. I used this as a reference in Support of a Petition before the NC Division of Air Quality referenced below.
In December 2015, I (along with 2 other attorneys) filed a petition for rulemaking with the North Carolina Division of Air Quality on behalf of then 13-year-old Hallie Turner in an attempt to get the State to protect North Carolina’s climate system, shorelines, and water resources by adequately protecting the atmosphere, a public trust resource upon which all North Carolina residents rely on for their health and safety.
A collaborative approach to address pollution issues is a modern approach to resolving legal issues
Through decades of legal practice, I have seen how wealthy corporations and defendants can intimidate worthy claimants by hiring large environmental defense firms. I recently completed the training in the collaborative law process. This method of dispute resolution is a useful alternative for people who seek a prompt, cost-effective resolution that promotes an ongoing relationship with the other party. Typically used in family law, the collaborative process is expanding to offer similar benefits in other disputes. Our environmental contamination matters will be a ground breaking way to resolve matters where the parties will need to work with each other after the particular conflict is resolved.
Like litigation, collaborative dispute resolution is not easy. However, it allows the parties to come to mutually acceptable agreements. The goal is to learn, and attempt to understand, the other side’s perspective using problem-solving techniques instead of adversarial tactics that waste resources and often damage relationships. In the collaborative law process, both parties retain separate attorneys who work with each other. If the matter cannot be resolved, litigation is still an option, with different attorneys representing the parties. No matter what your environmental law issue entails, I can demonstrate the benefits of this positive method.
Contact a dedicated North Carolina environmental law attorney for a free consultation
Goldsmith Tuch Law handles a wide range of North Carolina legal matters for clients in Forsyth, Davie, Yadkin, Guilford, Davidson, Iredell, Surry, Watauga and Mecklenburg counties. Please call 336-934-5408 or contact me online for a free consultation at my Clemmons office.