Resources Available for Environmental Laws and Agencies

Map of the United States made up of written state names.

To aid environmental enforcement professionals in effectively combating issues at the local, state and tribal levels, Project EnCriPT offers resources to pinpoint laws, agencies and initiatives in the U.S. and each state.

Since environmental laws and definitions vary on a state-by-state basis, Project EnCriPT provides a directory of resources and environmental legislation for each state. It also will offer case studies to help guide professionals on how to tackle similar cases in their own jurisdiction as well as the latest research and initiatives in the field.

An illegal dump on the side of the roadFor example, while solid waste issues are common across the country, each state has a different legal definition for “solid waste.” Those definitions – and the laws that govern those issues -- can easily be accessed on an interactive map at www.lemitonline.org/environmental/links.html. In addition, the site will direct visitors to state agencies that deal with environmental issues and present national agencies and research institutes with the latest development in each area.

“Although some states may offer similar state laws and codes, we want participants to be able to go to their own states to find the correct information they need to build a case,” said Andrea Hoke, Project Manager for Project EnCriPT. “We hope to develop even more resources that will provide a quick connection to key issues.”

At the national level, visitors can get the latest news and information from the Environmental Protection Agency as well as several other environmental organizations. Among these are:

  • The Environmental Council of the States, a national non-profit, non-partisan association of state and territorial environmental agency leaders that protect and improve human health and the environment in the U.S.
  • The National Association of Attorneys General, a group that fosters interstate cooperation on legal and law enforcement issues, conducts policy research and analysis of issues, provides training, and facilitates communication between the state’s chief legal officers and all levels of government.
  • The Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials, which provides advocacy and information on the most current developments in programs and regulations in solid waste at the state and national levels.
  • Dirty water coming from a pipe into a pond.The Association of Clean Water Administrators, a national, non-partisan professional organization of agencies responsible for surface water protection. It serves as a national voice for clean water issues, facilitates technical and policy innovations, and collaborates for sound public policy.
  • The National Association of Clean Air Agencies, a group representing air pollution control agencies in 45 states and more than 116 major metropolitan areas, improved the effectiveness of air quality programs by exchanging information, enhancing cooperation between federal, state and local agencies, and promoting good management of air resources.
  • Battelle, a global research and development organization that serves a wide spectrum of research, manufacturing and innovation interests for both scientific and commercial advantage.

Project EnCriPT is a free, nationwide training program for environmental enforcement professionals to help strengthen civil and criminal enforcement at the local, state and tribal levels. Funded by the Environmental Protection Agency, the courses are open to sanitarians, code enforcers, law enforcement and other involved in the field. The programs are offered by the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas, a nationally recognized management training program in policing.

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