Laws and regulations are a major tool in protecting the environment.
Find out about:
& Proposed Rules
New regulations, proposed rules, important notices and the regulatory
agenda of future regulations.
Current legislation before the U.S. Congress, Congressional Committees,
and uncompiled Public Laws.
Federal regulations codified in the Code of Federal Regulations
and additional material related to Title 40: Protection of Environment.
Public Laws passed by the U.S. Congress and codified in the U.S.
Regulations and Proposed Rules
Federal Register - Environmental
Full text of all Federal Register documents issued by EPA, and of selected
documents issued by other Departments and Agencies. Notices, meetings,
proposed rules, and regulations are divided into twelve topical categories
for easy access (eg. air, water, pesticides, toxics, waste).
The Government Printing Office (GPO) maintains the official electronic
database that covers Federal Register documents beginning in January,
1994. Unlike the EPA Environmental Documents service, it provides access
to all Federal Register documents from all Departments and Agencies.
The Semiannual Regulatory Agenda
All agencies publish semiannual regulatory agendas describing regulatory
actions they are developing or have recently completed. These agendas
are published in the Federal Register, usually during the spring and fall
of each year, as part of the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and
Unified Agenda Preamble
- Explains the rulemaking process, EPA's regulatory priorities and
the contents of the Unified Agenda. Made available by the Regulatory
Information Service Center
of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).
Semiannual Regulatory Agenda - entire semiannual regulatory
agenda for the EPA provided by the Regulatory Information Service
Semiannual Regulatory Agenda is also availabe as a 167pp., 2MB
Adobe Acrobat (PDF) file.
Semiannual Regulatory Agenda Table of Contents
- provided by the Regulatory Information Service Center.
EPA Regulatory Plan
- The Regulatory Plan is a statement of the agency's regulatory policies
and priorities. The plan contain two sections; the Statement
of Priorities ,
a narrative statement of the agency's regulatory priorities, and a
description of the most important proposed or final rules that the
agency reasonably expects to issue during the next year.
Search the Unified
Agenda - This page will allow you to link to the current and previous
Unified Agenda files, as well as perform a search of the Unified Agenda,
which is maintained by the Government Printing Office. The page offers
instructions and tips on how to search for Unified Agenda information
and upcoming actions.
Dockets contain information and supporting documentation related to the
rulemaking process. Public comments received on rules and proposed rules
are also maintained in the appropriate Docket.
Dockets, and Information Centers - Collections containing the public
record of information used to document Agency rule making.
The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is a codification of the rules
published in the Federal Register by Executive departments and agencies
of the Federal Government. The CFR is divided into 50 titles which represent
broad areas subject to Federal regulation, with environmental regulations
contained mainly in title 40. Each volume of the CFR is revised once each
calendar year. Title 40 is revised every July 1.
The Code of Federal
Regulations (CFR) database - An electronic version of the paper
edition of the CFR available from the Government Printing Office (GPO).
The Electronic Code of Federal
Regulations (e-CFR) Beta Test Site - A joint project created by
the Office of the Federal Register (OFR) and GPO to provide a frequently
CFR Title 40 : Protection of Environment
- EPA's regulations updated on a frequent basis by linking to OFR's e-CFR
prototype available on GPO's Web site.
and State Government Regulation and Program References - Links to
Federal regulations found in CFR Title 40 and State government regulation
and programs for the U.S. territories and the 50 U.S. States.
Thomas - Legislative Information
on the Internet
available from the Library of Congress is a resource providing access
to current legislation, uncompiled Public Laws, the Congressional Record,
committee information, and information about the legislative process.
Passed Legislation - including Environmental Protection, Hazardous
Substances and Water Pollution.
of Representatives Committees
Committee on Environment and
The U.S. Code is the official record of all federal laws.
The United States
Code (USC) database available from the Government Printing Office
The United States Code is prepared and published by the Office of the
Law Revision Counsel, U.S. House of Representatives. This database contains
the laws of the United States in effect as of January 1996. For more recent
enactments one must turn to the uncompiled statues or Public Laws in the
form passed by Congress. [see legislation
More than a dozen major laws form the legal
basis for the programs of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).