This volume provides an overview of environmental law, including a discussion of important environmental issues such as: air pollution, hazardous materials and wastes, wetlands preservation, and endangered species. Efforts to bring industry into compliance with environmental mandates, including incentives available for self-auditing, are discussed. The roles of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and its subdivisions are also defined. The Legal Almanac series serves to educate the general public on a variety of legal issues pertinent to everyday life and to keep readers informed of their rights and remedies under the law. Each volume in the series presents an explanation of a specific legal issue in simple, clearly written text, making the Almanac a concise and perfect desktop reference tool. All volumes provide state-by-state coverage. Selected state statutes are included, as are important case law and legislation, charts and tables for comparison.