Comprehensive Environmental Response,
Sets forth requirements for protecting human health and the environment
Compensation, and Liabilities Act
where releases or threats of releases of hazardous substances, pollutants, or
contaminants have been identified.
Clean Air Act (CAA) *
Sets forth requirements for regulating emissions into the air from stationary
and mobile sources. Controls are implemented through combined Federal,
State, and local programs.
Clean Water Act (CWA) *
Sets forth requirements for regulating point source and nonpoint source
discharges into surface waters and requires the establishment of criteria and
standards to protect water quality and achieve national performance standards
as well as establishment of a regulatory permitting program (i.e., National
Pollutant Discharge Elimination System [NPDES] permits) to enforce CWA
Safe Drinking Water Act * (SDWA)
Sets forth requirements for EPA to establish regulations to protect human
health from contaminants in drinking water through the establishment of
maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) and secondary maximum contaminant
Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) *
Sets forth requirements for the establishment of specific regulations for
(Polychlorinated Biphenyls and asbestos)
existing and new chemical substances and mixtures.
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
Sets forth standards and requirements for ensuring that wastes are managed in
a manner protective of human health and the environment and conserving of
energy and natural resources. RCRA addresses the management of
hazardous wastes through a program of standards and requirements for the
generation, transport, treatment, and disposal of hazardous wastes and
through a corrective action program to address releases of hazardous wastes
and hazardous waste constituents.
DOE O 451.1B (9/28/01)*
Sets forth responsibilities for the DOE implementation of NEPA. The
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
purpose of NEPA is to provide a valuable planning tool to improve the
quality of decision-making for government-sponsored proposed actions.
NEPA ensures that environmental information is available to public officials
and citizens before decisions are made or actions taken.
DOE O 5400.5 Change 2 (1/7/93) *
Establishes radiation standards and requirements to be met by DOE facilities
Radiation Protection of the Public and
and operations in order to protect the environment and members of the public
Pollution Prevention Act of 1990 (PPA)
The PPA of 1990 institutionalizes pollution prevention practices by
encouraging voluntary reduction of hazardous waste and other pollutants
resulting from industrial operations.