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Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act
Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA): 42 U.S.C. s/s 9601 et seq. (1986)

Emergency Planning & Community Right-To-Know Act

Emergency Planning & Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA): 42 U.S.C. s/s 11011 et seq. (1986)

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Clean Water Act
Clean Water Act (CWA): 3 U.S.C. s/s 1251 et seq. (1977)

Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA): 42 U.S.C. s/s 321 et seq. (1976)

Endangered Species Act
Endangered Species Act (ESA): 7 U.S.C. 136 (1973)

Coastal Zone Management Act
Amended in 1972, the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) (P.L. 104-150) requires states to develop and implement Coastal Zone Management plans. It also established Federal grant programs within the Department of Commerce to fund these state plans.

National Coastal Zone Management Program
The National Coastal Zone Management Program comprehensively addresses the nation’s coastal issues through a voluntary partnership between the Federal government and coastal and Great Lakes states and territories. Authorized by the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, the program provides the basis for protecting, restoring, and responsibly developing our nation’s diverse coastal communities and resources.

Occupational Safety and Health Act
Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA): 29 U.S.C. 651 et seq. (1970)

Clean Air Act
Clean Air Act (CAA): 42 U.S.C. s/s 7401 et seq. (1970)

Freedom of Information Act
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA): 5 U.S.C. s/s 552 et seq. (1966)

Legal Information Institute - U.S. Code Database
Via the internet, Legal Information Institute (LLI) provides access to the full United States Code, opinions of the United States Supreme Court handed down since 1992, historically important decisions, and opinions of the New York Court of Appeals.

NRT Fact Sheets

The Federal Consistency Requirement of the Coastal Zone Management Act (1972)
Provides background on the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 (P.L. 104-150) and its Federal Consistency Requirement. Outlines how the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and the office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) assured that the Oil Pollution Act (OPA) of 1990 was coordinated with the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) and the Area Contingency Plan (ACP) Process. Also summarizes how disputes between a federal agency and the state can be resolved.

Oil Pollution Act (1990)
Oil Pollution Act (OPA) (P.L. 106-580) establishes the limitations on liability for damages resulting from oil pollution and establishes a fund for compensatory payment for such damages.

Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (1980)
Commonly known as the Superfund Act, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) (P.L. 96-510) enables Federal authorities to respond to hazardous materials pollution incidents that threaten either the environment or public health. CERCLA also established a tax, which since its inception has been used to clean abandoned and unused hazardous waste sites.

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