Despite the increase in public awareness of diminishing natural resources, mounting waste, and pollution and more comprehensive environmental regulations since the 1970’s, non-compliance with environmental laws and non-enforcement by government authorities is still a major problem in the United States. Disclosure of violations of environmental regulations by an employee of a private polluter, or whistleblowing, is an effective tool in enforcing the law and thereby protecting the environment. After examining the current whistleblowing law that has evolved in various jurisdictions across the country, this thesis proposes that a uniform state statute should be enacted to encourage employees to report violations of environmental regulations externally to government authorities. Such a uniform statute should remove any disincentive for employee reporting.
Ruetzel, Stefan, ""Snitching" for the Common Good: In Search of a Response to the Legal Problems Posed by Environmental Whistleblowing" (1994). LLM Theses and Essays. Paper 140.