A person or organization, such as a government or corporation, which pollutes the environment, usually with toxins. Usually, polluters do this as a byproduct of agricultural or industrial processes.

Socialist environmentalists want government to stop polluters. This is a case of setting the fox to guard the henhouse, as governments are by far the world's worst polluters, with their nuclear weapons plants and their chemical dumps.

In contrast, free market environmentalists want the victims of pollution to be able to successfully sue polluters and recoup damages. In today's America, government prevents this from happening by forging illicit consent agreements with the polluters that release the polluters from liability.

Pol*lut"er (?), n.

One who pollutes.

Dryden.

 

© Webster 1913.

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