Environmental and Nuclear Safety Labor Laws for Workers

By | March 23, 2015

If you are working in a nuclear or environmental related industry, then, as an employee of such sector, you must be aware of a few labor laws, to seek your grievances redressed under those Acts, within the specified time period for your safety. To know those laws, go through the following information.

Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA)
This Act provides the retaliation protection for the workers reporting about the violations of environmental law concerning asbestos in both public and private nonprofit elementary and secondary school systems. Here, the employees or the workers must complaint about the violation of the Act within 90 days from the date of violation.

Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA)
The time period for making a complaint about the violation is only 30 days. Under this Act, the employees who report about the regulatory violations including spills, accidents and other emergency releases of wastes into the environment are protected. Not only this, this act also protects the employees reporting violations related to cleanup sites of abandoned or uncontrolled hazardous waste.

Clean Air Act (CAA)
This Act needs the workers to complaint about the violation within 30 days, after the violation of the Act. It gives the retaliation protection for the workers who report the violation of this Act which provides for the enforcement of standards and the development with respect to the air pollution and air quality.

Federal Water Pollution Control Act (FWPCA) or Clean Water Act
This Act also requires the complaint to be filed within 30 days from the date of violation of this law. One of the things this law provides for the employees reporting about the violation of law controlling water pollution is to counter Act.

Energy Reorganization Act (ERA)
This Act gives 180 days’ time for the employees to lodge a complaint on violation of Atomic Energy Act (AEA). It protects those specific employees (employees of contractors, operators and subcontractors of nuclear power plants licensed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the employees of contractors working with Department of Energy under a contract pursuant to the Atomic Energy Act) of nuclear industry who have reported regarding this violation.

Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA)
One of the many things this law provides for the employees is to report about the violation of this law is, when all drinking water systems fail to make sure that their water is drinkable as determined by the Environmental Protection Agency. This Act has 30 days’ time to complain about the violation.

Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970
It gives retaliation protection for those workers who exercise various rights that are guaranteed under this Act that include participating in an OSHA inspection and filing a safety and health complaint with OSHA, within 30 days after the violation of this law.

Solid Waste Disposal Act (SWDA) or Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
It gives the retaliation protection which is one among the other things to all those workers who report about the violation of laws concerning the regulating of the disposal of solid waste. To make a complaint about this Act, the workers have 30 days’ time from the time of the violation of this act.

Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)
One of many things that this Act provides to those workers who report about the report violations of regulations that involve distribution, manufacturing and the usage of certain toxic substances is to counter Act, after the complaint is received by OSHA within 30 days from the violation of the act.