Across New England, too many industrial facilities are releasing harmful pollutants into public waters.

Very often, these facilities – such as junkyards, marinas, and sand and gravel pits – lack the permits the Clean Water Act requires, which means that the discharges are both illegal and unregulated.

The pollutants coming from these facilities – metals, nutrients, and dangerous chemicals among them – are some of the most toxic and damaging to our waterways, many of which are already severely compromised from industrial pollution and contamination. Commercial industrial facilities shouldn’t be allowed to increase their profits by illegally dumping pollutants into public waters.

CLF is fighting to protect our inland and coastal waters by forcing these polluters to comply with the law. To date, CLF has initiated more than 50 citizen enforcement actions against unregulated industrial facilities. With thousands of facilities throughout New England illegally releasing pollutants into waterways, the task ahead is not an easy one. But we can’t let these industrial facilities get away with polluting our environment and our health. CLF will keep fighting, polluter by polluter, until all have cleaned up their dirty ways.

When CLF wins or settles a suit, we hold polluters accountable in a unique way: they fund a supplemental environmental project, or SEP, that provides money for valuable environmental research and restoration projects in their community.

So far, our Environmental Enforcement work has generated more than $1,000,000 in funding for local environmental protection and restoration projects. These projects – implemented by dozens of local groups – benefit public health and the environment in communities from Everett and Cape Cod in Massachusetts to Long Island Sound. See what the SEPs are helping to fund on the Mystic River and along Cape Cod.