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Spring 2013
Background
• Grad, Treatise on Environmental Law (on Lexis)
• Rodgers, Environmental Law
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4 volume set, analysis of statutes and regulations. Also on
Westlaw (ENVLAW) and WestlawNext
• Clean Air Act Handbook
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On Westlaw (CLNAIRHB) and WestlawNext
Current Issues
 BNA Databases
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Environment Reporter
Daily Environment Report
Environment & Safety Resource Center
International Environment Reporter
World Climate Change Report
 Environment and Energy Daily
 Environmental Law Reporter (available on Lexis:
Environmental Law Report - All Materials)
Current Issues (cont.)
 LexisNexis-Emerging Issues for Climate
Change: Legal > Area of Law - By Topic >
Environment > Emerging Issues
 EPA.gov
o and other agency websites
 Pew Center on Global Climate Change
o and other NGO websites
Law Library Website
Law Library Article Finding Databases
Article Finding
 Databases
o Index to Legal Periodicals
o LegalTrac
o HeinOnline
o Lexis
o Westlaw and WestlawNext
 Bibliographies
o Google
o Lexis, Westlaw and WestlawNext
o Organizational and center sites
 Law Library Article Finding research guide
Which statutes are applicable?
• Treatises
• Environmental Law Research Guides (for
example, Georgetown Law Library's guide)
• EPA website
• Index to USCA or USCS
Where can I locate the relevant
statutes?
Tips:
• Know the difference between codified
statutes (USC, USCA, USCS) and public
laws (Statutes at Large).
• Use the Popular Name Table
Where can I locate the relevant
statutes?
• United State Code - available in print (Law
Library Reading Room)or on FDsys
• United States Code Annotated (USCA) –
available in print or in Westlaw/WestlawNext
• United States Code Service (USCS) –
available in print or in Lexis
Easy Legislative History
• HeinOnline (U.S. Federal Legislative
History Library)-can search by publication
title, public law number and popular name
• Lexis, Westlaw and WestlawNext
• ProQuest Congressional-can search by
keyword, code section, statutes at large,
bill number, public law number
Proposed Legislation
• Thomas.gov
• Proquest Congressional
• Columbia Law School Center for Climate
Change Law
What do federal agencies do?
• Rulemaking (regulations published in the
Code of Federal Regulations)
• Adjudication (administrative decisions)
Which Agency?
• EPA
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Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Safe Drinking
Water Act, CERCLA, NEPA, FIFRA, etc.
• Endangered Species Act
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Dept. Interior: Fish and Wildlife Service; Dept.
Commerce: National Marine Fisheries Service;
NOAA
• Council On Environmental Quality
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NEPA
Federal Regulations
• Rulemaking
• Federal Register
• Code of Federal Regulations
Federal Register
• Federal Register – online and in print (Law
Library Reading Room)
• Online sources:
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FDsys
Lexis, Westlaw and WestlawNext
HeinOnline
Code of Federal Regulations
• Code of Federal Regulations – online and
in print (Law Library Reading Room)
• Online Sources:
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FDsys
Lexis, Westlaw and WestlawNext
HeinOnline
• Relevant volumes might include:
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40 CFR – Protection of Environment
43 CFR – Public Lands: Interior
18 CFR – Conservation of Power and Water Resources
Proposed Regulations
• Regulations.gov
• Federal Register 2.0:
https://www.federalregister.gov/
• Agency websites
• Columbia Law School Center for Climate
Change Law
Agency Decisions
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Agency Websites
Looseleaf services
Westlaw, WestlawNext and Lexis
Law Library Administrative Law Resources
and Regulatory Decisions research guides
Government Websites
• Science.gov (click on environment &
environmental quality)
• EPA.gov
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Publications:
 http://www.epa.gov/nscep/
 http://www.epa.gov/nscep/
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Data
State Information
• Law.cornell.edu (law about, find by topic)
• www.envcap.org (state regulations
resource locator)
• Environment Reporter
New York
• Dept. of Environmental Conservation
Environmental Conservation Law (enabling
legislation)
o Free access to relevant regulations: dec.ny.gov
and http://www.dos.ny.gov/info/nycrr.html
o Data at www.dec.ny.gov
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Local
• Don’t forget county and other entities
• City and town laws at municode.com and
generalcode.com
Databases in Westlaw and Lexis
• Lexis and Westlaw both have databases
with:
Environmental law treatises
Environmental law cases
Environmental law statutes and administrative
materials
o AND MORE………..(check handout)
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For additional research assistance:
• Email: [email protected]
• Office 100H, 516-463-5851
• Reference Desk
Research Exercise: The
Endangered Species Act
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