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Environmental Law and Sustainability

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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 - ProQuest (available on campus or remotely with ASURITE)
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.


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

Lexis: Environmental Law (Lexis 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.


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.
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.