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Runoff from Chemical Spills & Hazardous Substances

Runoff from Chemical Spills and Hazardous Substances

The spill of hazardous substances can adversely impact human health and welfare as well are the environment.

Although the most disastrous spill in Louisiana history occurred in 2010, other chemical spills have occurred and thus led to land and water contamination. When these chemicals get into the ground it can affect food and water as well as the victim’s property value. If the individual’s land has been contaminated, vegetation grown on the property may be impacted which could then lead to serious medical problems.

If you or someone you know has been impacted by runoff from chemical or hazardous substance spills, theenvironmental damage attorneys at Simien & Simien can help you obtain the compensation you deserve for property damage, medical expenses and more.

Contact us at (800) 374-8422 or fill out the free case evaluation to your right to get your claim evaluated.

Common Pollutants

Spills must be reported to the appropriate local or federal government if there is an impact to human health, the environment or if it is a safety hazard. Failing to report a discharge will result in a $500 fine; failing to report, investigate or clean up a spill will result in a $1,500 fine per inspection. Additionally, companies may be penalized for failing to develop a spill prevention and control plan.

Some common chemicals and hazardous substances that may runoff due to a spill include:

  • House and garden chemicals
  • Deicing salts
  • Bacteria and toxic chemicals from landfills
  • Cleaning compounds
  • Oil
  • Nitrates
  • Pesticides
  • Fertilizers

For emergencies and other potential threats to public health, property owners may call the National Response Center at the Environmental Protection Agency. Additionally, the EPA has a tips hotline where landowners can report a possible violation of environmental laws or regulations.

Causes of Chemical and Hazardous Substance Spills

Chemical and hazardous substance spills can be caused during transport or due to the negligent actions of a company nearby.

Some common causes of runoff from spills include:

  • Improper storage
  • Corroded pipes
  • Improper disposal of chemicals or oil
  • Inadequate maintenance of tanks used for transport
  • Failure to detect pipeline leaks
  • Corrosion

Chemical runoff from a spill or ruptured pipeline can have serious consequences, if it is not handled quickly it can lead to environmental damage for years to come.

Contact our Environmental Damage Attorneys Today

At Simien & Simien, we are a law firm you can trust to fight for what is just and right. We understand just how runoff from chemical spills and other hazardous substances can impact your property and potentially even your health.

If you have been impacted by runoff from a chemical spill or leak, we can help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Our firm has attorneys licensed in Louisiana, with appropriate local counsel we can provide representation in other states as well.

To find out how we can help you, contact one of our experienced attorneys and schedule a free legal consultation. We can provide legal counsel and help you determine what your rights are.

Call us at (800) 374-8422 or fill out the contact form at the top of this page to connect with us.