History of Environmental Regulations

  • Federal environmental statutes began with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in 1970. The statute requires agencies to incorporate environmental concerns into their decision-making process.

Other significant Federal environmental legislation includes:

  • The Clean Air Act of 1970
  • The Federal Water Pollution Control Act (Clean Water Act) of 1972
  • The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act of 1972
  • The Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act of 1972
  • The Endangered Species Act of 1973
  • The Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974
  • The Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976
  • The Resource Conservation and Recovery (RCRA)of 1976
  • The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980
  • The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) in 1986
  • Oil Pollution Act of 1990
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