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Environmental Law: Cases, Statutes and Regulations


Massachusetts General Laws

  • Some key state laws on the environment can be found in Title XIX from Part I (Administration of the Government) of Massachusetts General Laws. Below are links to specific sections of Title XIX:   

Title XIX Agriculture and Conservation 

Note: The official version of the General Laws is now published every two years, with cumulative pamphlets released periodically. The website provides a searchable version of the General Laws; however, this version is considered unofficial and each law should be checked against its official printed copy.

MassDEP Laws & Rules

  • Environmental laws and regulations administered by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.



Code of Federal Regulations 

Examples of key regulations:  

Note: This online version of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is not considered official. Each regulation should be checked against its official printed copy.   


  • Below are some sample laws relevant to environmental law. Links to EPA's summary for each of these are provided.  

Clean Air Act 

  • 42 U.S.C. § 7401 et seq. (1970)

Clean Water Act

  • 33 U.S.C. § 1251 et seq. (1972)

Toxic Substances Control Act

  • 15 U.S.C. § 2601 et seq. (1976)