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Why Are Regs Important?
Regulations serve as primary sources of environmental law. Agencies are sometimes authorizedto propose/promulgate regulations. These regulations provide information on how environmental law statutes should be interpreted and enforced.
Research Guides on Regulations
Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
Title 40 of the CFR contains multiple parts and is dedicated to "Protection of the Environment." The current edition of the CFR is housed in the UDM Law Library in Row 1 on the first floor. For older versions of the CFR, researchers can look in HeinOnline or check the bound volumes of the CFR currently housed in our government documents collection on the ground floor of the library.
The Code of Federal Regulations is an important primary resource for finding the rules and regulations of an administrative agency. The UDM Law Library offers a collection of CFR in print and online. Relevant titles include: 21, 29, 33, 40, 42, 43, 49, and 50.
This is a direct link to our CFR collection available from HeinOnline. The online database allows researchers to instantly view CFR materials dating back to 1938.
CFR (Free Online Access from FDSYS)
FDsys, the Government Printing Office's Federal Digital System, offers several editions of the CFR online at no charge. Researchers can locate materials back to 1996.
The Federal Register
Federal Register Index
The Federal Register Index is located in Row 1 on the first floor of the UDM Law Library. Researchers will find that it is a valuable tool for navigating within the Federal Register.
The Federal Register is the official governmental publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents. Materials are released on a daily basis.
Federal Register (Online)
Check out our Federal Register library offered from HeinOnline. This is a nice compilation of materials, which includes entries from the Federal Register dating back to 1936, as well as all of the Federal Register Indexes.
Federal Register (Free Online Resource)
The Government Printing Office has made available the Federal Register online dating back to 1994. The daily edition is nicely organized by department/agency to allow for quick browsing of the daily materials.