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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.

International

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.

 

Federal

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)