Environmental Health Law

The environment is everything around us—the air we breathe, the water we drink and use, and the food we consume. It’s also the chemicals, radiation, microbes, and physical forces with which we come into contact. Our interactions with the environment are complex and are not always healthy. Environmental health laws and policies are created to regulate and safeguard our environment.

Safe Blood Lead Testing Laws Requiring 5 ug/dL & CDC Reference Rulepdf icon[PDF – 352 KB]
No safe blood lead level in children has been identified, and lead exposure can harm nearly every system in the body. Many states require some action to be taken when a child’s blood test shows some amount of micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood, from providing information on the risks of lead poisoning to removing the child from the source of lead exposure. This document identifies all known state statutes and regulations as of February 22, 2018, with blood lead level requirements of five micrograms per deciliter.

Menu of State Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations Laws Related to Odorspdf icon[PDF – 400KB]
The United States has seen a significant increase in large-scale animal farming. Large-scale animal farms are classified as either animal feeding operations or concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), depending on the number of animals housed. This menu examines state laws on CAFOs and the environmental odors they produce.

Using Law and Policy to Address Chemical Exposures: Examining Federal and State Approachespdf icon[PDF 1.02MB]
This article examines both federal and state policy approaches for addressing chemical exposures, with particular focus on those laws that are most relevant to consumer and household exposures. This article was published in Capital University Law Review 2014;42(1):97–141.

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Page last reviewed: March 23, 2018