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APES Laws & Regulations

Prahan Chetlur

Need-to-know laws and regulations for AP Environmental Science.

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4.EPA is given the ability to track the 75,000 industrial chemicals currently produced or imported into the United States. EPA repeatedly screens these chemicals and can require reporting or testing of those that may pose an environmental or human-health hazard. EPA can ban the manufacture and import of those chemicals that pose an unreasonable risk.
5.Controls the exploitation of endangered species through international legislation. Bans hunting, capturing and selling of threatened species and bans the import of ivory.
7.Agreement among 150 nations requiring greenhouse gas emission reduction.
8.Established primary and secondary air quality standards for 6 criteria pollutants. Required states to develop implementation plans. Sets limits and goals to reduce mobile source air pollution and ambient air quality standards. Established cap and trade system for sulfur dioxide.
9.Banned the production of aerosols and initiated the phase out of all CFC's.
13.A conservation law prohibiting the transportation of illegally captured or prohibited animals across state lines. It was the first federal law protecting wildlife, and is still in effect, though it has been revised several times. Today the law is primarily used to prevent the importation or spread of potentially dangerous non-native species.
16.Requires restoration of abandoned mines.
17.Requires that state protect, conserve, and restore estuaries with a balance between environmental needs and human development.
18.Created Yosemite and Yellowstone National Parks.
19.Assures the safety, wholesomeness, efficacy, and truthful packaging and labeling of food, drugs, cosmetics, and medical devices. Requires producers of food additives to demonstrate they are safe.
1.Established federal authority and funding for emergency response and clean-up of hazardous substances that have been spilled, improperly disposed, or released into the environment.
2.Requires that all pesticides are registered and approved by the FDA and creates a pesticide.
3.Established the soil conservation service, which deals with soil erosion problems, carries out soil surveys, and does research on soil salinity.
6.Set pesticides limits in food to no-harm levels, and all active and inactive ingredients must be screened for estrogenic/endocrine effects.
10.Regulates and enforces all discharge into water sources and wetland destruction/construction. All discharges must have permits that meet federal standards.
11.The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is allowed to set the standards for drinking water quality and oversees all of the states, localities, and water suppliers who implement these standards
12.Allows the USDA's Wildlife Services to kill coyotes, mountain lions, and other predators responsible for livestock death and crop destruction.
14.Protects species that are considered to be threatened or endangered. Includes migratory birds and their habitats.
15.Gives the President authority to designate national monuments, bypassing approval by Congress.

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