environmental law

environmental law
the body of law that governs use of the natural features, now much extended by international and national legislation. The Environment Act 1995 marked an new era in the UK. What is or is not environmental law is debatable. International Treaties, European Union policies and local legislation dealing with pollution (whether of air or water), contamination of land, protection of flora and fauna (especially in relation to the food chain), disposal of waste and general nuisance are common subjects for treatments. Much of the law is enforced by the Environment Agency in England and Wales and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency in Scotland. See environment policy; habitat.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


environmental law
A body of state, federal, and international statutes and court decisions intended to protect the environment (natural resources, wildlife, landscape, and amenities) from pollution, misuse, overuse, and other damage. Environmental laws both regulate activities and give individuals and groups the right to bring legal actions to enforce its protections or remedy environmental harms.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


environmental law
n. A body of law intended to protect the environment, by regulating activities that cause pollution, such as fossil fuel emissions and the dumping of wastes; by prohibiting certain inconsistent uses of land designated as federal parkland; and by providing regimes of protection for endangered species.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


environmental law
An amalgam of state and federal statutes, regulations, and common-law principles covering air pollution, water pollution, hazardous waste, the wilderness, and endangered wildlife.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


environmental law
An amalgam of state and federal statutes, regulations, and common-law principles covering air pollution, water pollution, hazardous waste, the wilderness, and endangered wildlife.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

environmental law
n.
   a body of state and federal statutes intended to protect the environment, wildlife, land and beauty, prevent pollution or over-cutting of forests, save endangered species, conserve water, develop and follow general plans and prevent damaging practices. These laws often give individuals and groups the right to bring legal actions or seek court orders to enforce the protections or demand revisions of private and public activity which may have detrimental effects on the environment.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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