Two ecologists in protective coveralls studying characteristics of toxic waterWe understand that if you’re on this page, it means you or a loved one might be going through a difficult time. It can be nerve-wracking and even painful to face criminal charges for federal toxic waste dumping in South Florida, but our expert federal defense attorneys at Rossen Law Firm are here to help.

What is a Federal Toxic Waste Dumping Crime in Fort Lauderdale? 

Federal toxic waste dumping is when you dispose of hazardous or non-hazardous waste in a public area or private area that you do not own. It classifies as a crime when you are not given permission by the government to put your waste in the public area or permission by the private property owner to dump it on their land. The toxic waste dumping crime is considered federal if illegal dumping took place in multiple states or across your state lines without a legitimate permit for disposal.

Federal Toxic Waste Dumping crimes, as provided by the Criminal Provisions of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), include:

  • Illegally exporting hazardous waste
  • Transporting, treating or disposing of a hazardous waste in a way that puts another person(s) in imminent danger of death or serious bodily injury
  • Treating, storing or disposing of hazardous waste without a permit  
  • Treating, storing or disposing of hazardous waste in a way which knowingly violates a permit
  • Knowingly transporting a hazardous waste without a regulation required manifest
  • Knowingly vomiting materials or making false statements about hazardous waste 

CONSEQUENCES OF TOXIC WASTE DUMPING CRIMES

Making one mistake shouldn’t negatively alter your whole future. Toxic waste dumping crimes should not be taken lightly, as there is a range of consequences, some being very severe. Toxic waste dumping crimes can be more severe depending on the specific toxic waste, the amount of toxic waste, and where the waste was dumped. 

Federal Toxic Waste Dumping Penalties:

For the most part, Federal toxic waste dumping in Fort Lauderdale can result in 2 to 15 years in federal prison. Fines for federal toxic waste dumping can also vary from $50,000 (PER DAY of violation) to $1 million depending on the crime.

  • Illegal Export of Hazardous Waste is a violation of Federal Statute: 42 U.S.C. 6928(d)(6), and can result in up to 5 years in federal prison and up to $50,000 per day in violation fines. 
  • Transporting, treating or disposing of a hazardous waste in a way that puts another person(s) in imminent danger of death or serious bodily injury is a violation of Federal Statute: 42 U.S.C. 6928(e)f and can result in up to 15 years in federal prison and/or up to $250,000 in fines or even  $1,000,000 in fines if it is an organization committing the crime.  

REACH OUT TO A FEDERAL TOXIC WASTE DUMPING ATTORNEY

Federal toxic waste dumping charges can be serious, but you’re in the right place. Our South Florida attorneys have experience in dealing with these types of cases and will devote all of our energy and resources into ensuring your federal toxic waste dumping case has the best possible outcome.

Federal Toxic Waste Dumping Defense Strategies 

  • Justifiable Reliance: If a government representative gives you wrong information about what is allowed to be dumped legally, we can argue that you were just following the directions of the government official that you believed to be true. 
  • Lack of Knowledge: We can argue that you were unaware that what you dumped was illegal and had you known, then you never would have disposed of your waste in an illegal manner.
  • Invalid dumping regulations: Smaller governing bodies within a state or country must follow federal and state regulations. If the governing body whose dumping regulations you violated failed to comply with the state or federal regulations, we could argue that the regulations which you violated were illegitimate. 

Free Federal Toxic Waste Dumping Defense Strategy Session in South Florida  

We take on all kinds of cases for federal toxic waste dumping in Fort Lauderdale or elsewhere in South Florida. Reach out to us if you are in trouble and want attorneys who know how to aggressively fight for your rights and ensure your rights and future are protected. 

We offer FREE strategy sessions so you know how we’ll work to get the best possible result on your case for you. We listen to your full story, dive into your case, and explain exactly how we can help you. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment for a free consultation.

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