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- Environmental Law

Protecting the environment is the right thing to do for people and the planet, and it's the law. Environmental law regulates environmental protection, from air and water quality to waste management, pollution, chemical safety, and hunting and fishing. Legal cases that alter the physical and political landscape of the environment emerge every year.

Environmental legal issues present ongoing compliance challenges for all businesses. Regulators around the world continue to impose new and stricter requirements on businesses to meet higher environmental standards. This is driven by a number of global trends, such as increased chemical regulation, product stewardship and environmental responsibility, as well as public concerns about climate change and sustainability. 

In the U.S., the federal government appears poised to reverse this trend by removing environmental regulation, ushering in an era of regulatory uncertainty and patchwork regulation among states.

Environmental law is a collective term covering all aspects of law that provide protection for the environment. A related but distinct set of regulatory regimes is now strongly influenced by principles of environmental law, focusing on the management of specific natural resources, such as forests, minerals or fisheries. Other fields, such as environmental impact assessment, may not fit neatly into either category, but are still an important part of environmental law.



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