Environmental Law - Loganville High School

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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?
 EQ: What are the consequences of
businesses not following federal statues
that relate to the environment?
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Things we can control:
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Energy Consumption
◦ *Energy Star* Appliances
◦ CFL Lightbulbs
Recycling
 Proper Trash Dumping
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Environmental Protection Agency
Enforces antipollution acts (i.e., The Clean
Air and Clean Water Acts)
 Regulates: various hazardous chemicals
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◦ Creation
◦ Marketing
◦ Use
Cleanups of toxic dumpsites around the
country
 Businesses have a Social Responsibility
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◦ Business Plan portion from Business Essentials
Resources
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Non-renewable vs. Renewable
◦ Examples?
Scarce natural resources- Conservation
 Pollution – created by us (what super
hero?)
 Production- lakes, rivers, air (factories,
automobiles, etc)
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◦ Socially Responsible companies improve or
change
Government Regulations
Set measurably (achievable)
 EPA regulates and monitors
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◦ Founded in 1970
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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

Noise Control Act of 1972
 Motor Vehicles and Aircraft
 Heating/Ventilation (HVAC)
 Major Appliances
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Clean Air Act
 Pollutants
 Smog
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Clean Water Amendment
The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) of 1976
◦ Identifies hazardous wastes
◦ Require permit for hazardous waste treatment and storage facilities
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CERCLA
◦ Trust Fund for clean ups
◦ When “responsible” party cannot be found
◦ Also known as “Superfund”

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