Natural Resources Defense Council

Natural Resources Defense Council in the United States

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in Environmental Law

A membership organization founded in 1970 to deal with various environmental issues. The group is staffed primarily by attorneys and scientific specialists.

The NRDC’s foremost weapon is litigation. Like the Environmental Defense Fund, it has sued the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies for failing to do what it believes the law requires. Over the years, the NDRC has become a major player in the development of environmental regulations and statutes. Moving into the political structure by lobbying Congress and the EPA has given it additional power, although the more radical environmental groups criticize organizations that work within the existing system. Another of the NRDC’s activities is education. It provides information to the public and publishes environmental material.
Based on “Environment and the Law. A Dictionary”.

Natural Resources Defense Council: Open and Free Legal Research of US Law

Federal Primary Materials

The U.S. federal government system consists of executive, legislative, and judicial branches, each of which creates information that can be the subject of legal research about Natural Resources Defense Council. This part provides references, in relation to Natural Resources Defense Council, to the legislative process, the federal judiciary, and the primary sources of federal law (cases, statutes, and regulations).

Federal primary materials about Natural Resources Defense Council by content types:

Laws and Regulations

US Constitution
Federal Statutory Codes and Legislation

Federal Case Law and Court Materials

U.S. Courts of Appeals
United States courts of appeals, inclouding bankruptcy courts and bankcruptcy appellate panels:

Federal Administrative Materials and Resources

Presidential Materials

Materials that emanate from the President’s lawmaking function include executive orders for officers in departments and agencies and proclamations for announcing ceremonial or commemorative policies. Presidential materials available include:

Executive Materials

Federal Legislative History Materials

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State Administrative Materials and Resources

State regulations are rules and procedures promulgated by state agencies (which may apply to Natural Resources Defense Council and other topics); they are a binding source of law. In addition to promulgating regulations, state administrative boards and agencies often have judicial or quasi-judicial authority and may issue administrative decisions affecting Natural Resources Defense Council. Finding these decisions can be challenging. In many cases, researchers about Natural Resources Defense Council should check state agency web sites for their regulations, decisions, forms, and other information of interest.

State rules and regulations are found in codes of regulations and administrative codes (official compilation of all rules and regulations, organized by subject matter). Search here:

State opinions of the Attorney General (official written advisory opinions on issues of state law related to Natural Resources Defense Council when formerly requested by a designated government officer):

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