Citizen Enforcement

The Role of Citizen Enforcement

Because government enforcement agencies lack the resources - or sometimes the will - to take on all polluters, Congress empowered citizens to sue violators of federal environmental laws. By bringing such suits on behalf of grassroots organizations, NELC encourages active civic participation in the protection of public health and natural resources. NELC helps the public to shape and uphold our most important environmental laws - serving as a major force in public interest litigation.

NELC's enforcement work primarily focuses on the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERLCA, better known as Superfund).