Environmental Law

ALJ
Administrative Law Judge
APA
Administrative Procedure Act
AQMA
Air Quality Maintenance Area (under the CAA)
BACT
Best Available Control Technology
BADT or BADCT
Best Available Demonstrated Control Technology
BAT
Best Available Technology Economically Achievable
BCT
Best Conventional Pollutant Control Technology (under CWA)
BDAT
Best Demonstrated Available Technology (under RCRA)
BMP
Best Management Practices (for Control of Nonpoint Source under CWA)
BOD
Biochemical Oxygen Demand (pollutant under CWA)
BPCTCA
Best Practicable Control Technology Currently Available (under CWA)
BPT
Best Practicable Control Technology Currently Available
BPJ
Best Professional Judgment (a standard utilized in permit issuance in the absence of national effluent limitations under the CWA)
BPT
Best Practicable Control Technology (under the CWA)
BPCTCA
Best Practicable Control Technology Currently Available (CWA)
CAA
Clean Air Act
CEQ
Council of Environmental Quality (NEPA)
CERCLA
Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act
CO
Carbon Monoxide
CWA
Clean Water Act
DER
Department of Environmental Resources
DMC
de minimis classification under CERCLA
DO
dissolved oxygen; indicator of water quality
DOE
Department of Energy
DOI
Department of the Interior
EA
Environmental Assessment
EDF
Environmental Defense Fund
EIA
Environmental Impact Assessment (NEPA)
EIS
Environmental Impact Statement
EPA
Environmental Protection Agency
ESA
Endangered Species Act
FEIS
Federal Environmental Impact Statement
FONSI
Finding of No Significant Impact (NEPA)
FWPCA
Federal Water Pollution Control Act (commonly referred to as CWA)
GACT
Generally Available Control Technology (for area sources under CAA)
HAP
Hazardous Air Pollutant (CAA)
HC
hydrocarbon
HCP
Habitat Conservation Plan (ESA)
HRS
Hazard Ranking System (CERCLA)
HSWA
Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendment (RCRA)
ICS
Individual Control Strategy (for pollutant under CWA)
LAER
Lowest Achievable Emissions Rate (for major sources in non-attainment areas under CAA)
MACT
Maximum Achievable Control Technology (for air pollutants under CAA)
NAAQS
National Ambient Air Quality Standard (CAA) e
NAD
Non-Applicability Determination (determination for preconstruction review in prevention of significant deterioration areas under CAA)
NBAR
Non-Binding Allocations of Responsibility (CERCLA)
NCP
National Contingency Plan (CERCLA)
NEPA
National Environmental Policy Act
NPDES
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
NPL
National Priorities List (CERCLA)
NRDC
Natural Resource Defense Council
NSPS
New Source Performance Standard (CAA and CWA)
PCBs
Polychlorinated Biphenyls
PM -10
Particulate Matter of 10 micrometers or less
POTW
Publicly Owned Treatment Works under CWA
PRP
Potentially Responsible Party (CERCLA)
PSD
Prevention of Significant Deterioration (CAA)
RA
Regional Administrator of EPA
RACT
Reasonably Achievable Control Technology (for existing sources in nonattainment areas under CAA)
RCRA
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
SARA
Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization
SDWA
Safe Drinking Water Act
SIP
State Implementation Plan (under CAA)
TMDL
Total Maximum Daily Load; (set as part of state water quality standards under CAA)
TOSCA or TSCA
Toxic Substances Control Act
TSDFs
Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Facilities (under RCRA)
TSP
Total Suspended Particulates
TSS
Total Suspended Solids
VOC
Volatile Organic Compound
WQS
Water Quality Standard