Laws (Year Long)

Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act 
requires coal and strip mines to reclaim the land
Madrid Protocol
moratorium on mineral exploration for 50 years in Antartica
Safe Drinking Water Act
set maximum contaminant levels for pollutants that may have adverse effects on human health
Clean Water Act
set maximum permissible amounts of water pollutnats that can be discharged into waterways…aim to make surface waters swimmable and fishable
Water Quality Act
attempt to reduce non-point source pollution
Ocean Dumping Ban Act
bans ocean dumping of sewage sludge and industrial waste in the ocean
Clean Air Act
 set emission standards for cars, and limits for release of air pollutants
Kyoto Protocol
controlling global warming by setting greenhouse gas emissions targets for developed countries
Montreal Protocol
phaseout of ozone depleting substances
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
controls hazardous waste with a cradle to grave system
Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act
designed to identify and clean up abandoned hazardous waste dump sites
Low Level Radioactive Policy Act
all states must have facilities to handle low level radioactive wastes
Nuclear Waste Policy Act
US government must develop a high level nuclear waste site by 2015
Endangered Species Act
identifies threathened and endangered species in the US, and puts their protection ahead of economic considerations
Convention of international Trade in Endangered Species
lists species that cannot be commercially traded as live specimens or wildlife products
Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, Rodenticide Act
regulates effectiveness of pesticides
Food Quality Protection Act
set pesticide limits in food, and all active and inactive ingredients must be screened for estrogenic/endocrine effects
National Environmental Policy Act
Environmental Impact Statements must be done before any project affecting federal lands can be started