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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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