Issues We Work On

The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund works with communities across the country facing a range of threats - from the privatization of their water by corporations, to factory farms, to the land application of sewage sludge, coal and uranium mining, corporate land "development", toxic trespass and gas drilling.

Communities we work with are recognizing that these seemingly "single" issue threats share something in common - that the community doesn't have the legal authority to say "No" to it. The existing "Regulatory System" of law ensures that people can not govern their communities and act as stewards of the environment, while guaranteeing the legal preference for corporate resource extraction and waste dumping in our communities.

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