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Administrative Procedure Act

5 U.S.C. §§500-559

The APA governs the way in which federal administrative agencies may propose and establish regulations.

Atomic Energy Act (including the Price-Anderson Act)

42 U.S.C. §§2011-2021, 2022-2286i, 2296a to 2296g-4

The AEA established strategies for the development, regulation, and disposal of nuclear materials and facilities in the United States.

Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act

16 U.S.C. §§668-668d

The BGEPA protects eagles in the U.S. by prohibiting the take of eagles, their eggs and their nests.

Clean Air Act

ELR STAT. CAA §§101-618
42 U.S.C. §§7401-7671q

The CAA controls air pollution on a national level.

Coastal Barrier Resources Act

16 U.S.C. §§3501-3510

The CBRA protects various undeveloped coastal barrier islands from development.

Coastal Zone Management Act

ELR STAT. CZMA §§302-319
16 U.S.C. §§1451-1465

The CZMA controls nonpoint pollution sources that affect coastal water quality.

Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (“Superfund”)

ELR STAT. CERCLA §§101-405
42 U.S.C. §§9601-9675

CERCLA, commonly known as Superfund, provides federal authority to respond to releases of hazardous substances that may endanger public health or the environment.

Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act

ELR STAT. EPCRA §§301-330
42 U.S.C. §§11001-11050

EPCRA established requirements for federal, state and local governments, Indian tribes, and industry regarding emergency planning and "Community Right-to-Know" reporting on hazardous and toxic chemicals.

Endangered Species Act

ELR STAT. ESA §§2-18
16 U.S.C. §§1531-1544

The ESA provides a mechanism for the conservation of threatened and endangered plants and animals and their habitats in the U.S.

Energy Reorganization Act of 1974

42 U.S.C. §§5801-5879

The ERA established the Nuclear Regulatory Commission as the body responsible for the regulation of civilian uses of nuclear materials.