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FEDERAL STATUTES

Federal statutes
The Environmental Protection Agency provides summaries of federal environmental statutes and executive orders, with links to the full text.

Legislative History
Examination of the original legislative purpose is often a critically important means of analyzing the effects of the decades-old federal environmental statutes. ProQuest has compiled resources tracking events leading to the passage of U.S. public laws to help determine legislative intent.

Water regulation history
ProQuest's legislative history tool tracks the development of water distribution and quality governance efforts since the early twentieth century, from the decentralized Federal Water Pollution Control Act to the 1972 Clean Water Act and more recent amendments.

CASES

Bloomberg Law: Environmental Law (Bloomberg password required)
A searchable database of environmental case law, with decisions categorized by industry, court, or judge.

Lexis Advance: Environmental Law (Lexis Advance password required)
Gathers cases, legislation, regulations, secondary sources, and practice materials for the environmental law practitioner or researcher.

Westlaw: Energy and Environment (Westlaw password required)
Gathers new court decisions concerning environmental protection, with a searchable database of decisions in the field.. Also includes searchable environmental law dockets.

REGULATIONS

Code of Federal Regulations
The Code of Federal regulations codifies rules promulgated in the Federal Register, revised yearly. Rules governing the environment are primarily in Title 40, with provisions governing water resources, including pollution control, in Title 33.

Environmental Protection Agency entries in Federal Register
Include notices of proposed rulemaking and final rules from the main environmental executive agency, such as this high-profile rulemaking to determine the scope of the Clean Water Act through the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) definition.

Regulations.gov
An electronic resource enabling the public to comment on proposed rulemaking efforts at federal agencies including the EPA, which must respond in some way to all comments received.