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Gave EPA authority to track 75,000 industrial chemicals used in US/can ban those it deems to pose unreasonable risk1976
Attempts to reduce pollution thru changes in production, operation, and raw materials use/includes efforts to increase efficiency such as recycling & sustainable agriculture1970
Required environmental assessments & impact statements for any developments on public lands (i.e. building an airport)1970
Established Superfund to provide money to clean up abandoned hazardous waste sites/both short & long term actions but only in sites on EPA's National Priorities List (NPL)1980
Also known as Title III of SARA/was to help local communities protect public health, safety, & environment from chemical hazards/required each state to create planning teams1986
International agreement committing nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions1997/2005
Gave EPA authority to control hazardous waste from 'cradle-to-grave' (i.e. from its generation to its disposal)/only addresses active & future facilities, not abandoned ones1976
Divides US into air quality regions/sets goals for concentrations of pollutants in air/regulates air emissions/1990 amendments address acid rain, ozone, & air toxics1955
International agreement attempting to stop increase in greenhouse gas concentrations/no enforcement mechanism/no binding limit on individual nations 1992/1994
Amended FIFRA/new safety standard-reasonable certainty of no harm-that must be applied to all pesticides used on foods1996
Protects quality of drinking water both from above ground & underground sources/EPA sets standards of purity for all public water systems1974
Regulates discharge of pollutants into water/originally funded construction of sewage treatment plants1948
Streamlined and strengthened EPA's ability to prevent and respond to catastrophic oil spills/requires oil companies to submit response plans for potential spills1990
Requires employers to provide safe working environment for workers (i.e. no exposure to toxic chemicals, unsanitary conditions,...)1970
Provides program for conservation of threatened & endangered plants & animals & their habitats/EPA can restrict or eliminate use of pesticides under this law1973
Amended CERCLA/increased state involvement in Superfund & increased size of fund/more focus on human health problems1986
Set up basic US system of pesticide regulation to protect applicators, consumers, and the environment/provided federal control of pesticide distribution, sale, & use1910

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