May 07, 2020

Emerging trends in RCRA citizen suits

Ame Wellman Lewis and Maureen Mitchell

Resource Conservation and Response Act (RCRA) citizen suits have drastically changed the environmental enforcement landscape over the last few years. Plaintiffs increasingly seek to leverage the statute’s broad language to address some of today’s most pressing environmental issues in the wake of decreasing federal enforcement. At the same time, funding for environmental organizations has increased sharply, enhancing their ability to bring more lawsuits to combat perceived gaps in environmental protection under the Trump administration.

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