Environmental Laws that Authorize Rewards to Whistleblowers

Some additional whistleblower laws that authorize awards (a percentage of the recovery) when recoveries are made include the following laws that relate to the environment:

  • The Fish and Wildlife Improvement Act. This law authorizes rewards for reporting violations of any wildlife protection law which is enforced by the US. Fish and Wildlife Service or the National Marine Fisheries Service. Wildlife includes fish, animals and plants. The payments are made by the Department of Commerce and the Department of the Interior.
  • The Endangered Species Act. The Endangered Species Act became law in 1973. Its purpose is to carry out the requirements of The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). It focuses on critically imperiled species. The law is administered by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). Payments are made by the Department of the Interior, the Department of the Treasury, and the Department of Commerce.
  • The Lacey Act. The Lacey Act regulates the illegal international trafficking of animals, fish, and plants that are governed by the CITES Convention. As with the Endangered Species Act, awards for disclosing violations of the Lacey Act are paid by the Department of the Interior, the Department of the Treasury, and the Department of Commerce.
  • The Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS). This law allows the courts to authorize payments of up to 50% of any sanctions imposed for providing disclosures that lead to a successful prosecution against defendants for violations of the law. The APPS makes the United States part of the MARPOL treaty. MAPPOL, short for marine pollution, is an International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships – enacted in 1973 and modified in 1978. The law applies to all ships with American flags and all foreign ships operating in American waters. It is enforced by the US Coast Guard. It is distinct from the Clean Water Act and other federal environmental laws.

Our environment needs protection. People who disclose environmental violations deserve to be rewarded for making the country a safer place to breath and live. At Stephen Danz & Associates, we advise whistleblowers on which laws apply to their disclosure and what steps to take to maximize their chances of a recovery. For immediate help, call (877)789-9707 now. Se habla espanol.