NELC is a non-profit litigation center founded in 1990 to enforce anti-pollution laws and protect public health and the environment. NELC attorneys work closely with state and local citizen groups by providing essential legal expertise to bring corporate polluters to justice.
It is with great sadness that NELC notes the passing of Ed Lloyd, who (along with current litigation Director Chuck Caldart) was one of the two founding attorneys of NELC in 1990. Ed was a pioneering public interest lawyer, and a true crusader for the environment, and he will be dearly missed. Click here to learn more about Ed’s lasting legacy.
Our Primary Focus
Protecting communities from illegal air pollution.
Environment Florida, Sierra Club v. Pilgrim’s Pride Corp.
World’s second-largest poultry processer compelled to eliminate wastewater violations at a poultry slaughterhouse in northern Florida and fund sustainable practices at family farms in the Suwaneee River area
Days of CWA violations
Civil Penalty imposed
Portion of civil penalty used to create Sustainable Farming Fund for family farms in Suwannee Basin
In an area suffering from some of the worst asthma rates in the country, U.S. Steel operated its three massive steel-making plants for three months when key air pollution control systems were completely inoperable
Through membership support, NELC attorneys obtain court orders to stop illegal pollution and secure major penalties against violators of environmental laws. Help us protect public health and the environment by making a tax-deductible contribution.
Our landmark environmental laws allow citizens to step up when government agencies lack the resources or the will to take on polluters. NELC provides essential legal representation so that people affected by illegal pollution can bring those responsible to justice.