West's Business Law with Online Research Guide, 9th Edition

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COMMON LAW ENVIRONMENTAL CLAIMS Nuisance: A person may be liable if they use their property in a manner that unreasonably interferes with others’ rights to use or enjoy their own property. If an individual can identify a harm to his property rights distinct from that suffered by others, then he may get relief for the private nuisance . On the other hand, if the harm is to the public at large, then generally a public authority will seek relief for the public nuisance . Toxic Tort: A theory of negligence or strict liability (depending on the circumstances) against those who pollute the environment with toxic substances. Ch. 45: Environmental Law - No. 1 West’s Business Law (9th ed.)
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ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION State and Local Regulation: State and local zoning laws control land use and require permitting for commercial development, redevelopment, or renovations. Local ordinances also regulate waste and garbage storage, removal, and disposal, noise pollution, and billboards and other aesthetic “pollutants.” Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): The primary federal regulator of air, soil, and water quality, its duties include reviewing environmental impact statements , which analyze (1) the environmental impact of a proposed federal action, (2) any alternatives which might have less significant environmental consequences, and (3) the long-term adverse effects
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