The history of environmental law in the us can be traced back to early roots in common law doctrines for example the law of nuisance and the public trust doctrine the first environmental statute was the rivers and harbors act of 1899 which has been largely superseded by the clean water act cwa. Kepner w epa and a brief history of environmental law in the united states international visitor leadership program ivlp las vegas nv june 15 2016 there are numerous environmental laws in the united states us which provide the common purpose to protect human health and the environment . Agencies enforce federal and state environmental laws in south carolina the sc department of health and environmental control dhec writes and enforces environmental laws and regulations south carolina has a long history of environmental regulation in 1671 the colonial assembly passed a law. Main us environmental laws this section provides an overview of the main us environmental laws we first broadly describe five major laws the clean air act caa the clean water act cwa the safe drinking water act sdwa resource conservation and recovery act rcra and the comprehensive environmental response compensation and liability act superfund amendments and reauthorization
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