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.
PennEnvironment, Clean Air Council v. U.S. Steel Corporation
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
Mandatory plant improvements
Civil Penalty imposed
Portion of civil penalty used to fund public health projects
Environmental groups discover that a facility operated by North America's largest expandable polystyrene (EPS) manufacturer is discharging plastic nurdles into Pennsylvania waterbodies in violation of its permit
NELC proves ExxonMobil violated Clean Air Act over 16,000 times at massive Gulf Coast refinery complex, and secures largest civil penalty assessed by a federal court in a Clean Air Act citizen suit (pending a second appeal)
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.