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Geothermal Steam Act of 1970

30 U.S.C. §§1001-1027

The GSA allows the leasing of land containing geothermal resources.

Government in the Sunshine Act

5 U.S.C. §552b

The Sunshine Act requires, with ten specified exemptions, that the contents of the meetings of federal agencies be open to public observation.

Hazardous Materials Transportation Act

49 U.S.C. §§5101-5127

The HMTA protects against the risks associated with the transportation of hazardous material in commerce by improving the regulatory and enforcement authority of the Secretary of Transportation.

Low-Level Radioactive Waste Policy Act

42 U.S.C. §§2021b-2021j

The LLRWPA established that each state was responsible for disposing of low-level radioactive waste that is generated within its boundaries.

Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act)

16 U.S.C. §§1801-1891d

The MSA governs marine fisheries management in U.S. federal waters.

Marine Mammal Protection Act

ELR STAT. MMPA §§2-410
16 U.S.C. §§1361-1383b, 1401-1406, 1411-1421h

The MMPA protects marine mammals by prohibiting takings in U.S. waters.

Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act: Marine Sanctuaries

16 U.S.C. §§1431-1447(f)

The MPRSA regulates the dumping of materials into U.S. waters by both U.S. and international agents.

Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act: Ocean Dumping Provisions

33 U.S.C. §§1401-1445

The dumping provisions of the MPRSA prohibit the dumping of potentially harmful material into U.S. oceans.

Migratory Bird Treaty Act

16 U.S.C. §§703-711

The MBTA protects migratory birds by prohibiting the take of migratory birds and their feathers, eggs, or nest.

Mineral Lands Leasing Act of 1920

30 U.S.C. §§181-287

The MLLA authorizes and governs leasing of public lands for developing deposits of coal, petroleum, natural gas, and other minerals.