Industrial Sources of Toxic Chemicals May Affect Your Health, Increase a Community’s Risk of Illness, or Reduce Your Property Values
The industrialized area of New Jersey has many benefits and is a wonderful place to live and work. Industrialization also poses some risks that, if not properly protected against, can lead to environmental harm and possible negative health effects. Manufacturing operations that discharge dirty and untreated waste water into streams and water bodies may cause water pollution that harms people and the environment. Sloppy industrial practices can lead to spills of hazardous substances that contaminate land and water. When factories, power plants, gas stations, oil depots, dry cleaners, and other business with environmentally-sensitive activities do not observe the best practices, communities and people can be harmed.
That is where the Toxic Injury Lawyers come in. In cases involving water pollution, exposed persons must be able to rely on experienced legal counsel to protect their rights. Our environmental lawyers have combined decades of experience working on water pollution cases that involve complex issues of environmental degradation, toxicity of contaminants, and impact to sensitive places and populations. We have long been litigating toxic exposure claims that result from industrial pollution such as:
- Gas Stations Leaks. Gasoline and automobile service stations store petrochemicals that can be toxic when released into the environment. When storage tanks holding petrochemicals are damaged or leak, they can release harmful substances like benzene, BTEX, and MTBE, that cause water pollution and may destroy drinking water wells.
- Dry Cleaning Facilities. Distributors or dry cleaning chemicals, and even your neighborhood dry cleaner, can be a significant source of water pollution. The chemicals used in the dry cleaning process are chlorinated solvents that cause environmental damage even when produced in small amounts. These chemicals are known to have harmful effects on the human body.
- Leaking Storage Tanks. Storage tanks can be buried beneath the ground (USTs) or kept above ground (ASTs) in standalone settings or in tank fields. Tanks can degrade and become damaged or compromised, leaking their toxic contends into the ground or directly into nearby water sources. When these contaminants reach groundwater, they can migrate and harm drinking water sources.
- Hazardous Chemical Spills. Even the most careful industries have accidents. Pipelines leak, equipment malfunctions, and employees make mistakes. Accidental releases of hazardous substances can have grave consequences. For example, one drop of some toxic chemicals can destroy an entire swimming pool worth of water. Where toxic chemicals are purposefully released, environmental laws exist to hold polluters accountable.
- Water Pollution. The destruction of water resources can occur directly or indirectly. A direct discharge pipe from a factory’s wastewater or process water into a nearby stream is one example. Toxic chemicals spilled onto the ground can also migrate downward through soil and contaminate groundwater that discharges into larger water bodies, or is drawn up by public or private drinking water wells.
Call the Toxic Injury Lawyers If You Suspect that Industrial Sources of Pollution May Be Affecting Your Family or Community
If you believe that the release of a hazardous chemical has impacted your home or impaired your health, you should take immediate action. Toxic substances in the air, water, or soil can make you ill, and you can hold the responsible parties accountable. Where complex scientific and environmental issues are involved, people exposed to toxic substances need an experienced environmental law firm that has a record of achieving lasting results for its clients. They need the Toxic Injury Lawyers. You do not have to accept toxic chemical contamination on your property, in your water supply, or in your community. Get legal assistance from environmental lawyers with years of experience fighting for victims of toxic exposure. Call the Toxic Injury Lawyers to help ensure the protection and safety of your loved ones and property. Call us toll-free: 732.355.1311. You can also submit your case inquiry here.