What is Environmental Law?
Environmental law is the area of business law that deals with issues regarding environmental ethics and violations of environmental laws. These laws are enforced at the state level by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and at the federal level by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The issues that fall under the realm of environmental law are widely varied. Some examples of these issues include the following:
- Pollution control;
- Environmentally destructive practices;
- Concerns regarding wildlife;
- Use of natural resources;
- Compliance with state and federal environmental laws; and
- Property use laws and how they intersect with environmental protection laws.
In certain scenarios, the practices that are best for the environment do not appear to be best for a business’ bottom line. But the practice that saves a company the most money is not always the most profitable – consumers often look to support environmentally-conscious companies over those that do not make sustainability a priority.
In all cases dealing with environmental law, it is important to consider all aspects of the action or proposed action in question: its immediate effects on the environment, its long-term effects, the effects it could have on other ecosystems, and the effects it could potentially have on the public and their interests. These effects are not always immediately quantifiable, nor are projections always scientifically accurate.
How Can Environmental Laws Affect my Business?
Environmental concerns can stymie your business’ ability to develop further. Even when there is no actual violation, rumors and misinformation about your company’s business practices can spread quickly through social media, ruining your company’s reputation. It is extremely important as a 21st century business owner to not only be compliant with local and federal environmental laws, but to be transparent about your company’s practices.
Negative publicity can have a significant impact on your profitability for years to come. Do not allow a mishap or cost-cutting measure to poison your company’s image with its consumers. Ignoring an allegation of an environmental violation can be as bad for your company as handling the allegation in the wrong way – environmental issues carry significant emotional weight with many consumers. Be willing and prepared to publicly address all environmental issues that affect your company.
If you are unsure about how to handle an allegation of environmental wrongdoing, contact an experienced business attorney to discuss your case. It is possible to operate a business that is both eco-friendly and profitable.
Environmental Law Attorneys in Winter Park
Environmental law is one of the many subgroups of business law. If you are facing an environment-related legal dispute or claim, work with an experienced Winter Park business law attorney to ensure that your case gets the carefully-tailored representation it needs for success. Contact Hornsby Law Group at (407) 599-3800 today to schedule your free consultation with our firm. During your consultation, a member of our firm will examine the details of your case to determine the best way for you and your company to proceed with your environmental case.