What is Environmental Law?

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Environmental law is a law that was passed in the 1970, and is known as the National Environmental Policy Act. This law was passed along with another environmental act known as the Environmental Quality Improvement Act. The purpose of these laws was to protect the environment from public or private actions that could cause damage.

The mission of NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) is to form policies and make assessments that are all geared towards the protection of the environment. The Act is responsible for providing the awareness and the means to eliminate danger to the environment and eco-system, and establishing goals and laws that will minimise on the risk of environmental harm.

There are a number of federal environmental statutes that make up environmental law. These are all aimed at the protection of various aspects of the environment, and include:

There are many statutes and regulations that come under the umbrella of environmental law, and these are all targeted at the reduction of danger to the environment and an increase in public health and awareness. These laws are usually long and complicated for anyone not usually involved in the field of environmental law. There are laws and regulations in place to cover literally every environmental issue of potential problem.

Environmental law is a combination of three things: the first is the statute that is passed through Congress. The second is the list of regulations imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency in relation to that particular statute. And the third is the legal interpretation of these regulations by the federal courts in the event of an environmental issue or problem.

Prior to the 1970 Act, studies were carried out with regards to environmental issues but there were no mechanisms in place to actually do anything about these problems. However, as the environmental issues became worse and even the public realised the dangers of failure to protect the environment it became clear that something had to be done – and this came in the form of environmental laws.

Although environmental law has made some headway towards protecting the environment against some dangers since it was introduced, there is still much room for improvement. As more complex pollutants threaten to heart our eco-system, it is likely that this law will have to be vastly improved and amended in order to continue to provide protection to the environment and to public health.

 

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