For several decades, the nation has increased its efforts to preserve our fragile environment. Most of the national population does not have much knowledge of these federal protection efforts. These laws have little impact on the daily lives of Americans. However, learning about federal and state environmental protection laws is vital to industries operating in the state.
What are some examples of environmentally harmful industries?
Most companies or businesses will likely never face allegations of federal crimes involving the environment. Unfortunately, the owners of private companies may violate environmental laws without knowing they are committing a crime. Examples of industries that risk breaking these laws include:
- Metal mining industries
- Chemical manufacturing
- Steel producing industries
- Paper manufacturing
- Electricity producing industries
- Beef (and other food) production
- Petroleum refineries
- Plastic and rubber manufacturing
- Electronic and computer industries
- Logging and other wood industries
The list above is far from complete. these industries are alive and well in Minnesota. When industrial business owners do not learn about federal and state environmental laws, they risk prosecution for engaging in environmental crimes.
Most people convicted for these types of federal crimes never meant to harm the environment in the first place. Unfortunately, a lack of intent is not enough to protect you from serious federal penalties.
If your company has been charged with any federal crime, you will need a powerful defense to avert conviction and protect your business from severe penalties. An experienced attorney can help you avoid a worst-case scenario while providing you with recommendations for preventing future legal problems. To learn more, please continue reviewing our firm’s website.