Environmental law issues can arise from various federal, state, and local statutes, laws, rules, and regulations.
Federal, State, and Local Laws May Apply
Various Federal statutes govern areas of environmental law and give rise for federal agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency to enforce in the following and other areas:
- sites polluted by toxic and hazardous wastes (CERCLA and SARA);
- consideration of environmental factors by federal agencies when making decisions (NEPA);
- uniform standards for clean water and water pollution prevention (Clean Water Act);
- uniform standards for preventing and measuring pollutants in the environment (Clean Air Act);
- safe drinking water standards (SDWA);
- protection of wetlands (FWCPA);
- gathering information and testing substances by manufacturers for toxic environmental risks (TSCA and EPCRA);
- disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous wastes (RCRA);
- control of use of toxic substances used for pest control (FIFRA); and
- protection of endangered species (the Endangered Species Act).
Beyond the Federal regulations, state and local jurisdictions may also have their own statutes, laws, rules, or regulations that can give rise to an issue of environmental law.
Laws May Apply Differently According to Industry
Different industries may have their own laws, rules, or standards that apply to them exclusively. Businesses and individuals who are concerned about complying with whichever environmental laws apply to them may consult with an attorney who specializes in this practice area.
To consult with Hoban Law Group on a question about environmental law, call us at 303-674-7000.