Open Meetings-All public info except national security, propriety info, on-going criminal investigations, some health records are available only to federal agencies and does not create a right to access records held by congress, the courts, or by state or local government.
FOIA-Freedom of Information Act
It is the public policy of this state that meetings, records, votes, actions, and deliberations of public governmental bodies be open to the public unless otherwise provided by law.
1969-70 Nixon, requires all federal agencies to produce an environmental impact statement before any major federal action that will alter the environment-does not regulate one particular area of the environment
NEPA-National Environmental Policy Act
1973-prohibits the taking of an endangered species or any action that involves harm or destruction of its habitat
ESA-Endangered Species Act
1970-establishes NAAQS National Ambient Air Quality Standards
CAA-Clean Air Act
To attain fishable and swimmable waters. New objective-to reduce point source pollution in water
CWA-Clean Water Act
Establishes standard for drinking water.
Public right to know about contaminants in their tap water.
SDWA-Safe drinking water act
Cradle to the grave-Prevent toxic wast dumps by setting standards for managing hazardous wastes. Umbrella Law.
RCRA-Resource conservation and recovery act
Superfund-national priority list of hazardous waste sites that need remediated-used to hold liable those who are responsible for cleaning up hazardous waste sites
CERCLA-comprehensive environmental response, compensation, and liability act
Amendments to CERCLA, increased the size of the trust fund for national priority list, required EPA to make a new hazard ranking system-so that most dangerous sites get attended to
SARA-superfund amendments and reauthorization act
Provides basis for sale and regulation of pesticides in the USA. “Label is the law”
The Federal Water Pollution Control Act, popularly known as the Clean Water Act, is a comprehensive statute aimed at restoring and maintaining the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the nation’s waters.
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