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Federal Laws

Click on one of the statutes below for an outline of the key provisions. Full text of the major statutes are provided as well.

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.