Learn which state and federal agencies manage environmental protection and regulation.
Air Pollutants, Clean Water, and Safe Drinking Water Laws
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets limits on certain air pollutants. It also enforces federal laws on clean water and safe drinking water. The EPA also enforces federal regulations to limit the impact of businesses on the environment.
- For more information, visit EPA: Laws and Regulations.
- The EPA Small Business Gateway provides environmental information and contacts for small businesses.
Wildlife and Endangered Species Protection
The Endangered Species Act (ESA) was signed in 1973. It protects and conserves threatened and endangered plants, animals, and their habitats. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service administer the ESA.
- Learn which species are endangered in your state and how they are being protected.
- Read the laws and regulations that enforce the protection of endangered species.
Laws Governing Pesticide Use on Food
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and EPA have a cooperative arrangement to carry out the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. The FDA is responsible for the safety of food and any substance that is applied to the human body.
Environmental Concerns at Work
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), is part of the U.S. Department of Labor. It deals with problems with the environment inside the workplace. This includes the presence or handling of toxic chemicals and fumes.
Find State, Local, and Tribal Offices That Handle Environmental Concerns
States have primary responsibility over many environmental programs. And some environmental laws and regulations apply to tribal government operations.
- For issues handled by state agencies, refer to the Directory of State Departments of Environmental Protection.
- If you have local concerns, contact your county or town.
- The American Indian Environmental Office (AIEO) has information on EPA's laws and regulations that apply to tribal governments.