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Environmental Law & Litigation

This research guide provides an overview of federal and Texas resources in the area of environmental law and litigation, with some energy law sources covered in passing.

Federal Statutes & Regulations

Selected major federal legislation and corresponding statutes:

  • Clean Air Act (CAA)
    • 42 U.S.C. §7401 et seq.
  • Clean Water Act (CWA)
    • 33 U.S.C. §1251 et seq.
  • Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA/Superfund)
    • 42 U.S.C. §9601 et seq.
  • Endangered Species Act (ESA)
    • 16 U.S.C. §1531 et seq.
  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
    • 42 U.S.C. §4321 et seq.

For more, see EPA's summaries of environmental laws.

Selected Regulations

Texas Statutes & Regulations

Selected major Texas statutes:

  • Solid Waste Disposal Act: Tex. Health & Safety Code Ann., Chapter 361.
  • Clean Air Act: Tex. Health & Safety Code Ann., Chapter 382.
  • Underground Injection Act: Tex. Water Code Ann., Chapter 27.
  • Solid Waste Disposal Act: Tex. Health & Safety Code Ann., Chapter 361.
  • “Superfund” statute: Tex. Health & Safety Code Ann. §§ 361.181 to 361.202.
  • Manufacturing Facility Community Right–To–Know Act: Tex. Health & Safety Code Ann. §§ 505.001–.016
  • Public Employee Community Right–To–Know Act: Tex. Health & Safety Code Ann. §§ 506.001–.017
  • Antiquities: Tex. Nat. Res. Code §§ 191.001 to 191.174.
  • Parks and Wildlife Code:
    • hunting and fishing: Chapters 61–71, 76–79
    • endangered species: Chapter 66

Selected Regulations

Sources for 50 State Surveys of Statutes

Because environmental laws vary state by state, it can be useful to compare and contrast the laws between them. If you are lucky, someone may already have done a fifty state survey on your topic. To see if a survey already exists, check out these resources: