Pollution Law and Legal Definition

Pollution is legally defined as the wrongful contamination of the atmosphere, water or soil to the material injury of the right of an individual. Air pollutants may be either particles or gases. They are also classified as primary, meaning they are created at a particular source, or secondary, meaning they result from tranformation and reaction in the air. Air pollution may take the form of smoke, fumes, dust, gas or vapors, mist and odors. Noise is unwanted sound that produces unwanted effects. It is generally considered a form of pollution and, due to major expansions of airport facilities, industrial activities, traffic arterials and the like, is recognized as a social problem, which may be the basis of a nuisance claim. Remedies include several generally accepted methods: (1) reducing noise at its source; (2) keeping it at a distance; and (3) absorbing it between its source and the receiver.