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Citizen takes environmental issue into his own hands with lawsuit over Bucks County development

August 2, 2019

Pennsylvania Record
By Karen Kidd

A citizen lawsuit filed recently against developers of an upscale, 14-homesite community in Nockamixon Township is an example of how private litigants can pursue environmental causes in the absence of government action, the attorney for the plaintiff told the Pennsylvania Record.

Citizen suits are an option for environmental advocates who have not gotten much of a response from governmental authorities, Timothy Bergere, chair of the environmental and energy transaction practice group in Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads’ Philadelphia office, said in a recent interview.

“Citizen suits are not uncommon and increasingly they are being used by community members to pursue remedies for ongoing environmental problems which either have not come to the attention of a regulatory agency or which, after having been brought to the attention of a regulatory agency, have not generated a robust response,” Bergere said.

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