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Environmental Law: Agencies, Committees, & Departments

State & Local

Below are a few examples of state/local agencies and groups that concentrate on environmental issues within the government. 

Environment Department 

  • Provides information on various initiatives and commissions related to the environment in Boston. 

Environmental Protection Agency in Massachusetts 

Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture

  • Contains information on current Senate and House members, bills, hearings, and rules.  

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MASSDEP) 

  • Enforces protection of natural resources in Massachusetts. 
  • Looking for specific laws? Check out MASSDEP Laws and Rules.

Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act Office (MEPA)

  • Reviews environmental impacts of various development projects.


United Nations (UN) 

Pacific Regional Environmental Programme (SPREP)

  • Focuses on environmental protection of the Pacific region. Apart from Pacific island countries, other members include: the U.S., Australia, France, and New Zealand.



Some of the relevant federal agencies and departments are listed here. This list is by no means exhaustive. 

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

  • Find out more information on environmental regulations by visiting the EPA's Regulations page.  

U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)