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Common Abbreviations

This is a list of some of the more common abbreviations students and researchers may encounter in the practice or study of environmental law. This is not  meant to serve as a comprehensive list of environmental law abbreviations. For a more comprehensive list, please refer to Hong, J. (ed.). (1995). Environmental Acronyms (Rockville, MD: Government Institutes). 
  • APA--Administrative Procedure Act
  • ATSDR--Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
  • BLM--Bureau of Land Management
  • BOD--Biological Oxygen Demand
  • CAA--Clean Air Act
  • CEM--Continuous Emission Monitoring
  • CEQ--Council on Environmental Quality
  • CERCLA--Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation Liability Act
  • CFR--Code of Federal Regulations
  • CFC--Chlorofluorocarbon
  • CO--Carbon Monoxide
  • CWA--Clean Water Act
  • CZMA--Coastal Zone Management Act
  • DOE--Department of Energy
  • EPA--Environmental Protection Agency
  • EPCRA--Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act
  • ESA--Endangered Species Act
  • FAA--Federal Aviation Administration
  • FERC--Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • FIFRA--Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act
  • FONSI--Finding of No Significant (Environmental) Impact
  • FWOCA--Federal Water Pollution Control Act
  • FWS--U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • HAP--Hazardous Air Pollutant
  • HCs--Hydrocarbons
  • HFCHs--Hydrochlorofluorocarbon (chemicals)
  • HOV--High Occupancy Vehicle
  • HRS--Hazardous Ranking System
  • IEL--International Environmental Law
  • I/M--Inspection and Maintenance
  • LRMP--Land and Resource Management Plan
  • LUST--Leaking Underground Storage Tank
  • MOU--Memorandum of Understanding
  • NAAQS--National Ambient Air Quality Standards
  • NEPA--National Environmental Protection Act
  • NOAA--National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • NRC--Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • OSHA--Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • PEIS--Program Environmental Impact Statement
  • PRP--Potentially Responsible Party
  • RCRA--Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
  • RI--Remedial Inspection
  • ROD--Record of Decision
  • SARA--Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act
  • SDWA--Safe Drinking Water Act
  • SEIS--Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement
  • SIP--State Implementation Plan
  • TSCA--Toxic Substances Control Act
  • TSD--Treatment, Storage, or Disposal (facility)
  • TVA--Tennessee Valley Authority
  • UNESCO--United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • UST--Underground Storage Tank
  • VOC--Volatile Organic Compound
  • WHO--World Health Organization
  • WMO--World Meteorological Organization
  • ZEV--Zero Emission Vehicle


For a quick glance at environmental law issues, try one of these volumes.

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Environmental Law in a Nutshell, 9th - Daniel A. Farber
Call Number: KF3775.Z9 F56 2014 (Reserve)
ISBN: 0314290303
Publication Date: 2014
Farber's Environmental Law in a Nutshell provides a foundation for understanding environmental law. Expert text includes coverage of various areas, from acid rain and atomic energy, to waste disposal and wetlands. Touches upon the many statutory and common-law regulations shaping the world in which we live.

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International Environmental Law in a Nutshell - Lakshman Guruswamy and Mariah Zebrowski
Call Number: K3585.6 .G87 2012
ISBN: 9780314268174
Publication Date: 2012
The current edition of this publication is on reserve and is available for in-library use from the circulation desk.


Study Aids

The UDM Law Library offers a wide variety of study aids in the area of environmental law. The most current titles are held on reserve and are available for in-library use only from the circulation desk.

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Environmental Law - Steven Ferrey
Call Number: KF3775.Z9 F45 2016
ISBN: 1454868457
Publication Date: 2016
A favorite among successful students, and often recommended by professors, the unique Examples & Explanations series gives you extremely clear introductions to concepts followed by realistic examples that mirror those presented in the classroom throughout the semester.

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Q & A: Environmental Law - Dru Stevenson
Call Number: KF 3775 .Z9 S74 2007
ISBN: 9781422406403
Publication Date: 2007
A compilation of multiple choice and short answer questions and answers in the area of environmental law.

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Environmental Law Stories - Richard J. Lazarus and Oliver A. Houck
Call Number: KF 3775 .A7 E5 2005
ISBN: 1587787288
Publication Date: 2005
Read about the key issues and differing viewpoints of various important cases in environmental law history.

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Understanding Environmental Law - Philip Weinberg and Kevin A. Reilly
Call Number: KF3775 .W45 2013
ISBN: 0769854958
Publication Date: 2013
A concise treatise in the area of environmental law; this publication is held on reserve.


Major Treatises

The UDM Law Library offers students, faculty, and researchers a variety of treatises specific to environmental law. 

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Environmental Law - William H. Rodgers; Elizabeth Burleson
Call Number: KF 3775 .R59 2016
ISBN: 0314997296
Publication Date: 2016
This book is held on reserve at the circulation desk. It is a one volume treatise on environmental law, which includes chapters on air pollution, water pollution, FIFRA, Toxic Substances, Hazardous Waste, and NEPA.

CALI Lessons

There are currently fifty-nine (59) CALI lessons dedicated specifically to the area of environmental law. Topics include a wide variety of specific environmental law subjects such a climate change, the Clean Water Act, and constitutional aspects of environmental law. Also included is an administrative law primer on environmental and natural resources for law students. 

  • Environmental Law Topics
    Here is a comprehensive list of all CALI lessons specific to the field of environmental law.
  • Commerce Clause Issues in Environmental Law
    This lesson focuses on the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act, and provides a brief overview of the ways in which federal environmental and natural resources law can raise issues regarding the federal government's constitutional authority to regulate pursuant to the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
  • NEPA Basics
    This lesson addresses the first major federal environmental law: the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
  • Water Law Basics: Rights in Ground Water

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