The Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974 was established to protect America's drinking water. It covers waters actually or potentially designated for drinking, whether from above ground or underground sources. http://water.epa.gov/
The Clean Air Act , adopted in 1970, is the comprehensive federal law that regulates air emissions from area, stationary, and mobile pollution sources. The CAA established limits for major pollution sources called the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NEHAPS) . NEHAPS must be met by installing the Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) for each source.
Enacted in 1972 , the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, commonly known as the Clean Water Act, establishes the basic structure for regulating discharges of pollutants into the waters of the United States.
Adopted in 1976, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act is the principal federal law that governs the disposal of solid and hazardous wastes. The law takes a cradle to grave approach to ensure that wastes are handled properly from the point of creation to transport to disposal.
Commonly known as the Superfund law, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 makes liable those responsible for a spill or release of a hazardous substance into the environment.
The National Environmental Policy Act of 1970 establishes the broad national framework for protecting our environment. NEPA s ensures the federal government gives proper consideration to the environment before undertaking any major federal action (including involvement in industrial projects) that significantly affects the environment.
The Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) was created by section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) of 1986. It requires most industries to report significant of toxic substances to the EPA, which then aggregates and disseminates the information to the public.