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Environmental Law. Nick Johnson Understanding Business and Personal Law. What to think about?. EQ: What environmental problems do we face in our society today? EQ: What is my responsibility in protecting the environment?

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Environmental law

Environmental Law

Nick Johnson

Understanding Business and Personal Law


What to think about

What to think about?

  • EQ: What environmental problems do we face in our society today?

  • EQ: What is my responsibility in protecting the environment?

  • EQ: What are the consequences of businesses not following federal statues that relate to the environment?


Things we can control

Things we can control:

  • Energy Consumption

    • *Energy Star* Appliances

    • CFL Lightbulbs

  • Recycling

  • Proper Trash Dumping


Environmental protection agency

Environmental Protection Agency

  • Enforces antipollution acts (i.e., The Clean Air and Clean Water Acts)

  • Regulates: various hazardous chemicals

    • Creation

    • Marketing

    • Use

  • Cleanups of toxic dumpsites around the country

  • Businesses have a Social Responsibility

    • Business Plan portion from Business Essentials


Resources

Resources

  • Non-renewable vs. Renewable

    • Examples?

  • Scarce natural resources- Conservation

  • Pollution – created by us (what super hero?)

  • Production- lakes, rivers, air (factories, automobiles, etc)

    • Socially Responsible companies improve or change


Government regulations

Government Regulations

  • Set measurably (achievable)

  • EPA regulates and monitors

    • Founded in 1970

  • NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act)

    • Counsel on Environmental Quality

      • Advises President on how to better economic development

      • Environmental Impact Statement

        • Submitted to state when something is "significantly affecting the quality of the human environment".


More gov t regulations

More Gov’t Regulations

  • Noise Control Act of 1972

    • Motor Vehicles and Aircraft

    • Heating/Ventilation (HVAC)

    • Major Appliances

  • Clean Air Act

    • Pollutants

    • Smog

  • Clean Water Amendment

  • The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) of 1976

    • Identifies hazardous wastes

    • Require permit for hazardous waste treatment and storage facilities

  • CERCLA

    • Trust Fund for clean ups

    • When “responsible” party cannot be found

    • Also known as “Superfund”


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