POSITIVE LAW CODIFICATION

POSITIVE LAW CODIFICATION
TITLE 55, UNITED STATES CODE


Environment



BACKGROUND

Over the past 5 decades, Congress has enacted a substantial body of law consisting of separate Acts dealing with pollution of air, water, and land generally and with specific pollutants in particular. That body of law has come to be known generally as "environmental law". Those Acts are presently classified to several titles of the United States Code in disparate places. This bill is the first in a series to consolidate those Acts as a new positive law title, Title 55, Environment, of the United States Code. The bill will enact subtitle I, General Provisions (consisting primarily of definitions for the title, establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency, and national environmental policy), and subtitle II, Air (consisting of the Clean Air Act and related laws). It is contemplated that subsequent bills will enact subtitles relating to water, land, and particular substances.


The bill was prepared by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel as part of its ongoing responsibility under section 205(c) of House Resolution No. 988, 93d Congress, as enacted into law by Public Law 93-544 (2 U.S.C. 285b), to prepare and submit to the Committee on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives, one title at a time, a complete compilation, restatement, and revision of the general and permanent laws of the United States.


MAJOR ACTIONS & STATUS

The bill has been submitted to the Committee on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives.

RELATED LINKS

(1) Bill

(2) Explanation

QUESTIONS & COMMENTS

Questions and comments about the draft bill and the title 55 codification project should be directed to:


     Tim Trushel, Senior Counsel
     Office of the Law Revision Counsel
     U.S. House of Representatives
     Washington, D.C. 20515

     Email: Tim Trushel
     Telephone: (202) 226-9058