Environmental Law

This is FindLaw's collection of Environmental Law articles, part of the Corporate Counsel Center Law Library. Environmental law is the collection of statutes and regulations pertaining to air quality, water quality, the wilderness, endangered wildlife and other environmental factors. The umbrella of environmental legislation covers many laws and regulations, yet they all work together toward a common goal, which is regulating the interaction between man and the natural world to reduce threats to the environment and increase public health. Law articles in this archive are predominantly written by lawyers for a professional audience seeking business solutions to legal issues. Start your free research with FindLaw.
Environmental Law Articles
    • Useful Product Defense Under CERCLA
      One of the most fertile grounds for litigation under CERCLA has been the interpretation of the phrase "any person who by contract, agreement or otherwise arranged for disposal or treatment of hazardous substances," better known as the "arranger ...

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    • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Frequently Asked Questions
      Check with your local authorities (town, county, state) for directions on how to dispose correctly of household wastes, solvents, paints, and paint cans. Check with your local authorities (state, region). States are typically the agencies ...

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    • Environmental Law
      The year 2004 has proven to be another active year for environmental law in Canada, which continues to develop in response to international and domestic influences. A noteworthy example of an international event with potentially far-reaching ...

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    • Wetlands 'Protection' Threatens Property Owners
      If you own property that contains wetlands, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers may attempt to assert its regulatory jurisdiction over those wetlands under the federal Clean Water Act. This jurisdictional issue is particularly important for landowners ...

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    • Wetlands Ruling
      To the surprise of absolutely no one, EPA's Environmental Appeals Board narrowly construed the decision in National Mining Association v. U.S.Army Corps of Engineers, 145F.3d 1399 (DC Cir. 1998), which enjoined EPA from enforcing the so-called ...

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    • Summary of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
      RCRA (pronounced "rick-rah") gave EPA the authority to control hazardous waste from the "cradle-to-grave." This includes the generation, transportation, treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste. RCRA also set forth a framework for the ...

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    • Summary of The Toxic Substances Control Act
      The Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 was enacted by Congress to test, regulate, and screen all chemicals produced or imported into the United States. Many thousands of chemicals and their compounds are developed each year with unknown toxic or ...

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    • Superfund Reauthorisation Or Reform: To Be Or Not To Be?
      While both parties in Congress agree that Superfund needs significant reform, they disagree on the appropriate legislative mechanism. Some suggest that Congress delay reform until after the election, passing an appropriations bill that allows for ...

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    • Superfund Scrap Recycling Exemption Bill Now Law
      On November 29, 1999, President Clinton signed the "Superfund Recycling Equity Act" into law, exempting generators and transporters of "Recyclable Material" from liability under the federal Superfund law. The provision was contained in the omnibus ...

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    • Supreme Court Decision Shows More Even-Handed Interpretation of Environmental Statutes
      A recent decision by the United States Supreme Court acknowledges that the Endangered Species Act ("ESA"), 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq., has some purposes in addition to protecting endangered species. The decision suggests that, at least for some ...

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