The Government and the Environment

Events

National Park Service Act

1916

This act promotes the regulated usage of federal areas like national parks, monuments, reservations which conserves the beauty of nature in these areas, wildlife, and keeps the environment from being altered.

Soil Conservation Act

1935

This act fought to promote less flooding of agricultural areas and gave farmers subsidies to plant native vegetation like trees, and plants rather than commercialized crops in order to keep the soil nutrient.

Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, Rodenticide Act

1947

The regulations of pesticides being sold, distributed, and used by use of licenses.

Clean Air Act

1955

A comprehensive law that regulates air pollution from mobile transit. Addresses public health and risks from air pollutants.

Fish and Wildlife Act , 1956

1956

This act is aimed towards the commercialized fishing of national fish, shellfish, and wildlife resources. This act was also administered for the rights of citizens to fish recreationally.

Price-Anderson Act

1957

Helps against the liabilities held towards nuclear industries for things such as nuclear damage or accidents but also compensates for citizens as well.

Wilderness Act

1964

Establishes National Preservation Systems for the permanent good of people, environment and animals.

Water Resources Planning Act

1965

To create an optimal amount of water use by coordinating the use and planning of water along with the land use by the establishment of water resources.

Land and Water Conservation Act , 1965

1965

Committed to safeguarding our water resources ad natural areas. This act also provides recreational opportunities to citizens. It protects natures history and anesthetic of the land.

Water Quality Act

1965

This act's objectives is to maintain, support and restore the existing chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the country's water sources, by providing assistance to water treatment plants, and preventing pollution.

Species Conservation Act , 1966

1966

Protect species' inhabitants and habitats. Gives additional protection to wildlife in danger of going extinct.

Freedom of Information Act

1966

This allows the full of partial discussion of information that was once unreleased such as documents that are controlled by the Central Government.

National Trails System Act

1968

Created many trials in order to promote preservation of parks and allowed to travel within natural trails to preserve the appreciation of the "open-air", enjoyment and beauty that nature provides.

National Environmental Policy Act

1969

This act provides the framework for protecting the environment and its surroundings.

Clean Water Act

1972

Establishes the basic understanding and regulation of things being polluted into bodies of water in the U.S and regulating pollutants in surface waters.

Marine Mammal Protection Act

1972

All marine mammals are to be protected under the MMPA.

Endangered Species Act

1973

Provides conservation of species that are considered endangered or threatened.

Renewable Resources Planning Act

1974

Ensures the future safety and resources of forests.

Safe Drinking Water Act

1974

A public law that protects the public's drinking water supplies throughout the nation.

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species

1975

Aims to protect endangered species of animals and plants. Also known as CITES it protects the overexploitation of wildlife, and aims to ensure that the trading of species does not impair the future of their survival.

Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Planning Act

1976

Protects, develops and enhances the productivity of the nation's land and resources.

National Forest Management Act

1976

Calls for the management of interests concerning the forests in the U.S by planning and integrating.

Federal Land Policy and Management Act

1976

Governs the way land is distributed by the Bureau of Land Management.

Resource Conservation and Recovery Act

1976

The governing of waste and disposal of solid and hazardous waste.

Soil and Water Conservation Act

1977

A national plan for soil and water conservation on private lands based on inventory of existing resource abundance and conditions.

Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act

1977

Protects the environment from the harmful effects of surface mining. This act makes sure surface mining is done in a way that is environmentally responsible, and the land is reclaimed once mining is done.

Arctic Conservation Act

1978

Controlling and regulating activities done in the arctic such as fishing, whaling, and sealing. Addresses the environmental concerns in Antarctica.

Energy Tax Act

1978

Was aimed to convert oil and gas supply and dependence on conservative energy and to promote fuel efficiency and renewable energy through taxes.

Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act

1980

Authorizes financial assistance for developing nongame fish and wildlife.

Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act

1980

Created a tax on chemical and petroleum industries and provided authority to respond to releases of hazardous substances that can endanger public health and the environment.

Low level Radioactive Policy Act

1980

Establishes that each state is responsible for disposing low level radioactive waste generated in the area.

Nuclear Waste Policy Act

1982

A program for the safe disposal of highly radioactive substances, the act also manages the disposal from place to place.

International Environmental Protection Act

1983

Assists other countries in the protection of endangered species and enhances the knowledge of international environmental issues

Food Security Act

1985

Lowered the price and incomes of the dairy herd buyout programs

Emergency Wetlands Resources Act

1986

The purchase of wetlands and instituted A National Wetlands Priority Conservation Plan.

Montreal Protocol

1987

Protocol on substances that deplete the ozone. The protection of the ozone by phasing out products that are responsible for the depletion.

Ocean Dumping Ban Act

1988

The banned dumping of pollutants and wastes into bodies of water.

Madrid Protocol

1989

The registration of trademarks in multiple locations.

Lacey Act , 1990

1990

Bans the illegal trafficking of wildlife.

Pollution Prevention Act

1990

Reducing the amount of polluting through changes in production, operation and use.

Waste Reduction Act

1990

Reduce and prevent the production and disposal of waste.

Environmental Education Act

1990

The promotion of environmentally friendly behavior.

California Desert Protection Act

1994

Preserves the Mojave trails national monument and got rid of death valley.

Food Quality Protection Act

1996

Manages the use of pesticides in production of food and regarded the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, Rodenticide Act

Kyoto Protocol

1997

Sets internationally binding emission reduction targets