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Environmental Law Basic Resources: Getting Started

Basic resources for finding cases, regulations, statutes, and secondary sources.

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Specialized Legal Research, edited by Leah F. Chanin

Chapter 6, on the "Law of Environmental Protection", is a comprehensive guide that offers an in-depth analysis of sources for the serious researcher.

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Reference KF240 S6432

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Environmental Law Reporter 

Published by the Environmental Law Institute, this service covers recent developments and provides analysis of environmental, sustainability, natural resources, energy, toxic tort, and land use law and policy.

Environment Reporter

Published by Bloomberg BNA, this weekly newsletter will keep you up to date on rapidly changing developments in courts, Congress, federal agencies, state legislatures, industry, and environmental organizations.

Inside Climate News

Non-profit. non-partisan news organization providing coverage of climate change as it influences government and policy, including environmental justice, in the U.S. and around the world.  




Environmental law is a complex and frequently changing body of federal and state statutes, regulations, and case law, as well as international law. This guide will point you toward a selected list of resources for beginning your research.

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Overview of Environmental Law

These books provide a foundation for understanding environmental law.  The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency website is also a good place to begin your research.

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