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The following chart summarizes a few of the more important federal environmental laws. For a more comprehensive list of federal environmental laws, visit the EPA's Web site.
|Acronym||Law||Statutory Citation||Regulatory Citation||Purpose|
|CAA||Clean Air Act||42 U.S.C. §§ 7401 et seq.||40 C.F.R. 49-97, 122-124, 144-145, 270-271||Regulates air emissions|
|CERCLA (superfund)||Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 (amended by SARA)||42 U.S.C. §§ 9601 et seq.||40 C.F.R. 300-312||Governs clean-up responsibilities for historic hazardous waste sites|
|CWA||Clean Water Act||33 U.S.C. §§ 1251 et seq.||40 C.F.R. 104-136, 140, 144-145, 230-233, 401-471, 501-503||Regulates discharge of pollutants into the water|
|EPCRA (SARA Title III)||Emergency Planning & Community Right to Know Act||42 U.S.C. §§ 11001 et seq.||40 C.F.R. 302, 355, 370, 372||Requires disclosure of the storage of hazardous substances, public notification, and procedures for response in the event of a release of hazardous substances.|
|ESA||Endangered Species Act||16 U.S.C. §§ 1531 et seq.||50 C.F.R. 17.1 et seq.||Regulates and conserves threatened and endangered species and their habitats.|
|FIFRA||Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act of 1972||7 U.S.C. §§ 136 et seq.||29 C.F.R. 1440.1; 40 C.F.R. 32.100 et seq., 152-168, 180.1||Regulates pesticides.|
|NEPA||National Environmental Policy Act of 1960||42 U.S.C. §§ 4321 et seq.||40 C.F.R. 6, 1500-1508; 7 C.F.R. 520; 10 C.F.R. 1021||Establishes a broad national framework for protecting the environment. Imposes environmental responsibilities on all federal agencies and requires agencies to write environmental impact statements.|
|RCRA||Resource Conservation and Recovery Act||42 U.S.C. §§ 6901 et seq.||40 C.F.R. 144-148, 260-299||Regulates and controls hazardous waste and manages non-hazardous waste. Amended by the Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments of 1984 (HSWA) to require phasing out land disposal of hazardous waste.|
|SARA||Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act||42 U.S.C. §§ 9601 et seq.||40 C.F.R. 300-312, 355, 373||Amended CERCLA|
|TSCA||Toxic Substances Control Act||15 U.S.C. §§ 2601 et seq.||40 C.F.R. 700-799||Regulates industrial chemicals produced or imported into the United States|