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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: April 30, 2021 03:21 PM
From: Senator Maria Collett and Sen. Steven J. Santarsiero
To: All Senate members
Subject: Citizen Suits
 
In the near future, we will be introducing legislation that would allow citizens to take civil actions against those who violate the Pennsylvania’s environmental laws or those who fail to enforce those laws.  As highlighted in the Attorney General’s recent grand jury report, the public is far too often left without an advocate when bad actors harm the environment.

Modeled after several federal environmental protection laws, including the Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and the Endangered Species Act, a citizen suit provision allows private citizens to take civil legal action against business, companies, or corporations that violate the law.
 
In addition, a citizen suit provision would allow private citizens to take civil legal action against state agencies that fail to enforce the provisions of the law.

The citizen suit provision would be added to the following:
  • Oil and Gas Act
  • Solid Waste Management Act
  • Clean Streams Act
  • Safe Drinking Water Act
Please join us in co-sponsoring this important legislation.