Property damage lawsuits are a class of legal suits that can arise from any one type, or combination, or environmental contamination pathways: air, water, or soil. The presence of nuisance odors or more serious health risks lead to a decrease in property values and should not be borne by those that happen to own property near an irresponsible industry.
Some states provide for the loss, or diminution, in property values due to the “stigma” damages associated with the contamination. Other states provide for the cost to remedy, or clean up, the contamination. In either case, the property owner should not bear the burden of the loss in value or the potentially associated health risks.
Common sources of environmental property damage are listed under the air, water, and soil contamination pages, and include smelters, landfills, gasoline stations, and chemical plants or refineries.