Environmental Regulations Online

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Since the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) was passed in 1969, a tremendous amount of environmental legislation has been passed by Congress. The result of this legislation has been the proliferation of both state and federal regulations and frequent changes to those regulations.

Environmental planners, who must determine applicable regulations, track changes to those regulations, and assess the impact on regulated environmental activity, now have online access to a comprehensive source of this information on The Human Resource Information Network (HRIN).

CELDS Environmental Regulations database is a collection of abstracted federal and state environmental regulations governing all major areas of environmental concern:

* air quality

* hazardous waste

* land use

* historic preservation

* motor vehicle and airport

noise control

* oil and gas well management

* potable water

* radiation control

* solid waste

* surface and ground water

* toxic substances

* endangered species

* transportation of hazardous materials

Through abstracts, CELDS provides quick access to current controls on activities that may affect the environment. Regulatory areas emphasized include permit procedures, recordkeeping and reporting requirements, and quantitative standards and criteria. …