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 -
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
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
Semiannual Regulatory Agenda - entire semiannual regulatory agenda
for the EPA provided by the Regulatory Information Service Center. The
Semiannual Regulatory Agenda is also availabe as a 751K Adobe
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
The Electronic Code of
Federal Regulations (e-CFR) Prototype - 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
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
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.
major legislation from the 107th Congress - including Environmental
Protection, Hazardous Substances and Water Pollution.
U.S. House of
Committee on Environment and
The U.S. Code is the official record of all federal laws.
States Code (USC) database available from the Government Printing
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).