Requests For Information

Requests for Information in the United States

Requests for Information in Environmental Law

One of the powers that environmental agencies have is to investigate whether a violation of a law has occurred. Under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also has a right to find out who is involved in waste disposal at an abandoned hazardous waste site. Agencies gather much of their information from the reports required by permits and regulations, but they also send out requests for information. A person who receives such a request must answer it or face enforcement. Letters sent out for this purpose are called Section 104(e) letters, after the section of CERCLA that gives the EPA its authority. The EPA also has similar powers under the Clean Air Act (Section 114), the Clean Water Act (Section 308), and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (Section 3007).

Based on “Environment and the Law. A Dictionary”.

Requests For Information: 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 Requests For Information. This part provides references, in relation to Requests For Information, to the legislative process, the federal judiciary, and the primary sources of federal law (cases, statutes, and regulations).

Federal primary materials about Requests For Information 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

Legislative history traces the legislative process of a particular bill (about Requests For Information and other subjects) for the main purpose of determining the legislators’ intent behind the enactment of a law to explain or clarify ambiguities in the language or the perceived meaning of that law (about Requests For Information or other topics), or locating the current status of a bill and monitoring its progress.

State Administrative Materials and Resources

State regulations are rules and procedures promulgated by state agencies (which may apply to Requests For Information 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 Requests For Information. Finding these decisions can be challenging. In many cases, researchers about Requests For Information 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 Requests For Information when formerly requested by a designated government officer):

Tools and Forms

Law in Other Regions

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