Environmental Law

This photograph documents industrial pollution on the Calumet River near Chicago in the late 20th century. The Clean Water Act of 1972, an example of environmental law, led to the establishment of a permit system to regulate point sources of water pollution.

Photo credit: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Awareness of the havoc humans can wreck on the environment has increased exponentially over the last century. In response to that awareness, many individuals, corporations, and other entities have voluntarily engaged in actions geared toward creating more sustainable practices. While these efforts have had a tremendous result in improving certain environmental risks, most are unwilling to allow voluntary actions alone to be responsible for creating a greener world. In response, environmental laws seek to regulate certain human behaviors that ...

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