environmental law

Clean Air Act (CAA)

The Clean Air Act (CAA) U.S.C. Title 42, Chapter 85

A part of Environmental Law, the CAA is a massive piece of legislation from the 1970s, that promulgates uniform national standards for a wide range of air pollutants and sources, through a...

Clean Water Act (CWA)

Clean Water Act (CWA) 33 U.S.C. §1251 et seq. (1972)

A part of Environmental Law, the CWA uses two methods to protect the quality of water, both monitoring the water quality, and controlling discharge from point sources.

Water Quality



In 15 U.S.C. §1127:

1) The exchanging, buying, or selling of things having economic value between two or more entities, for example goods, services, and money. Commerce is often done on a large scale, typically between individuals, businesses,...

Commerce Clause


The Commerce Clause refers to Article 1, Section 8, Clause 3 of the U.S. Constitution, which gives Congress the power “to regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian

Congress has...

Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA)


The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act is better known as CERCLA. It is codified in 42 U.S.C. Chapter 103.

Also known as "Superfund," CERCLA is aimed at cleaning up sites contaminated with hazardous...


Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionarySee: environmental impact report

Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.

Environmental Impact Report (EIR)

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA detailed, written analysis of all the effects that a land development or construction project would have on the local environment, such as on the air quality, noise levels, population, traffic patterns...

Environmental Law


Environmental law refers to a variety of protections which share the goal of protecting the environment.

Federal Law

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) was passed in 1970 along with the Environmental Quality Improvement Act and...

Environmental Law Violations

Environmental Law Violations: An Overview

The United States government regulates activities that impact the environment through a complex scheme of statutes and agency regulations.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) bears the...

Greenhouse Gases

Gases that absorb the sun's infrared radiation and trap its heat in the earth's atmosphere. Common greenhouse gases include carbon dioxide and methane.