Environmental Legislation - A Summary Term Paper by Nicky

Overview of recent legislation aimed at protecting the environment.
# 145640 | 1,480 words | 11 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Nov 21, 2010 in Environmental Studies (Economics and Policy) , Law (Administrative)

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This paper summarizes several legislative acts that have been enacted to protect the environment. First, the paper gives an overview of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). This law was intended to create a national policy that was aimed i at promoting aspects of environmental control and enhancement. Then the paper describes the Clean Air Act, which is the law responsible for improving the air quality in the country as well as the quality of the ozone layer. Next, the paper details the Clean Water Act, which is to maintain and ensure the balance and healthy status, as well as the biological and physical integrity, of the water in the US. Also included in the paper is a description of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, which is intended to provide the United States Environmental Protection Agency with the necessary protocols and authority to control the various aspects affecting hazardous waste in terms of its impact on the environment. The Superfund Act, which aims to protect individuals from toxic waste and more particularly from toxic waste sites that may affect communities, is also highlighted. The paper concludes with a discussion of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), which ensures the fundamental healthy and safe working standards and conditions for all working men and women.

The National Environmental Policy Act
The Clean Air Act
The Clean Water Act
The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
The Superfund Bill
The Occupational Safety and Health Act

From the Paper:

"Therefore, public officials and organizations began to stress the importance of pollution guidelines, measures and policy that would positively affect the issue of clean air. This also took into account the way in which the growth of industry contributed to air pollution and increased the amount of toxic chemicals, such sulfur dioxide, nitrous oxides released into the atmosphere. (Fleming and Knorr) The issue of air pollution from motor vehicles was also an aspect that led to studies and investigations that were to finally to be included in the Clean Air Act. There were a number of precursors to the present Clean Air Act, such as the Air Pollution Control Act of 1955. This was the first in a series of clean air and air quality control acts which are still in effect and continue to be revised and amended."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Background: The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act: RCRA. February 4, 2009. http://www.chemalliance.org/tools/background/back-rcra.asp
  • Britannica Concise Encyclopedia: Superfund. February 7, 2009. http://www.answers.com/topic/superfund
  • Clean Air Act. February 4, 2009. http://www.epa.gov/air/caa/)
  • Clean Water Act (CWA). February 4, 2009. http://www.epa.gov/oecaagct/lcwa.html
  • Clean Water Act 2. February 4, 2009.http://www.ene.gov.on.ca/en/water/cleanwater/index.php

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