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
    • Water Boards Taking New Approach to Underground Fuel Tank Cleanups
      The California State Water Resources Control Board recently issued new guidance to the Regional Water Quality Control Boards and other local oversight agencies concerning cleanup of leaking underground fuel tanks. While stating that the new ...

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    • Wetlands Decision May Simplify Permitting
      The complexity and delays typically associated with projects with wetland issues have long challenged developers. The landscape of federal regulation changed suddenly when the Supreme Court, in Solid Waste Associates of Northern Cook County v. US ...

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    • Wetlands Permitting Alert!
      All U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) nationwide permits (NWP) expired on January 21, 1997. Work already permitted under the NWP's in force prior to January 21, 1997 will be grand- fathered in. As part of the reissuing process, the Corps ...

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    • Underground Storage Tanks
      As we have noted in past newsletters, by December 22, 1998 underground storage tanks must be brought into compliance with regulations promulgated pursuant to the Underground Storage Tank ("UST") Act (Part 211 of Michigan's Natural Resources and ...

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    • Underground Storage Tanks: Fixtures of Personalty
      Legal disputes often arise concerning ownership of underground storage tanks, which have been installed or affixed to real property. Resolution of such underground storage tank issues often depend upon whether the underground storage tanks attached ...

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    • Update on Wetlands Developments
      On January 23, 2001, in an article titled U.S. Supreme Court Severely Narrows U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Jurisdiction Over Waters of the United States, I reported on the recent United States Supreme Court Ruling in the case of Solid Waste Agency ...

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    • The Lacey Act (18 U.S.C. 42; 16 U.S.C. 3371-3378)
      This Act provides authority to the Secretary of the Interior to designate injurious wildlife and ensure the humane treatment of wildlife shipped to the United States. Further, it prohibits the importation, exportation, transportation, sale, or ...

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    • Trading Air Emissions Rights and Using Wetlands Mitigation Bank Credits
      Two amendments by the 1999 Virginia Legislature changed important rules for trading air permit emissions and for using wetlands mitigation bank credits. Both amendments add federal requirements to existing state requirements and will become ...

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    • Trashing Superfund: The Role Of Municipal Solid Waste In CERCLA Cases
      This article was originally published in the Outside Perspectives section of CCM -The American Lawyer's Corporate Counsel Magazine, November 1999 issue, and appears here with the permission of American Lawyer Media, L.P. A new judicial ruling ...

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    • 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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