Post information here on important environmental laws. This list is not complete. Feel free to post a link to an agency you feel APES students should be informed about. You might also think about uploading a set of thought questions on the agency. Please upload document in a .pdf format so that everyone can open them. A free .pdf creator can be found at doPDF



Discovery Questions -
1. What aspect of the environment (flora, fauna, people, air, water, soil, etc.) does the law protect?
2. What historical circumstances led to the initiation of the law?
3. Has the law been amended, and if so, what significance did these changes have regarding the protection of the environment?
4. Under what circumstances can the law be lifted?
5. What violations of the law has occurred?
6. What governmental or non-governmental organizations monitor major companies for violations of these laws, and are their methods effective and/or ethical?
*For each question, find news releases, journal articles, podcasts, or videos as documentation





Top 10 List of Environmental Laws


Clean Air Act - 1970
http://www.epa.gov/region5/defs/html/caa.htm

Clean Water Act - 1972
http://www.epa.gov/region5/water/cwa.htm

Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (Superfund) - 1980
http://www.epa.gov/region5/defs/html/cercla.htm

Endangered Species Act - 1973
http://www.epa.gov/region5/defs/html/esa.htm

Electronic Waste Recycling Act - 2003
http://www.ciwmb.ca.gov/Electronics/Act2003/

Energy Independence and Security Act - 2007
http://www.opencongress.org/bill/110-h6/show

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) - 1969
http://www.epa.gov/region5/defs/html/nepa.htm

Resource Conservation and Recovery Act - 1976
http://www.epa.gov/region5/defs/html/rcra.htm

Safe Drinking Water Act - 1974
http://www.epa.gov/region5/defs/html/sdwa.htm

Toxic Substances Control Act - 1976
http://www.epa.gov/region5/defs/html/tsca.htm

The Wilderness Act - 1964
http://wilderness.nps.gov/document/WildernessAct.pdf

Others of Interest


Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act - 1996
http://www.epa.gov/region5/defs/html/fifra.htm

Food Quality Protection Act - 1996
http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/regulating/laws/fqpa/

Marine Mammal Protection Act - 1972
http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/pdfs/laws/mmpa.pdf

Marine Plastic Pollution Research and Control Act - 1987
http://maps.csc.noaa.gov/RoisDatabaseEntry/lawDetails.jsp?lawID=37

Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act - 1976
http://www.mms.gov/eppd/compliance/fcma/index.htm

Nuclear Waste Polity Act - 1982
http://www.ocrwm.doe.gov/ym_repository/about_project/nwpa.shtml

Ocean Dumping Reform Act - 1988
http://ipl.unm.edu/cwl/fedbook/marinedu.html
http://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/EPA-WATER/2000/May/Day-18/w12388.htm

Oil Pollution Act - 1990
http://www.epa.gov/region5/defs/html/opa.htm

Pollution Prevention Act - 1990
http://www.epa.gov/region5/defs/html/ppa.htm

Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act - 1986
http://www.epa.gov/region5/defs/html/sara.htm

The Whale Conservation and Protection Act - 1980
http://www.internationalwildlifelaw.org/WhaleActAust.html