Legal Authority

The authority to pursue natural resource damages lies in the State’s Natural Resource Trustee Act and the following federal statutes: the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980, the Oil Pollution Act (OPA) of 1990 and the Clean Water Act (CWA) of 1972.

Note: Links to legal documents are provided as references only. Online materials should not be considered official or legally-binding copies.