A Chronology of Environmental Laws in the United States
1963 Clean Air Act.
1964 Wilderness Act.
1969 National Environmental Policy Act.
1970 EPA established; Water Quality Control Act; Occupational Safety and Health Act; National Industrial Pollution Control Council established.
1971 Vermont Bottle Bill.
1972 Water Pollution Control Act; Marine Mammal Protection Act; Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (Pesticide Act); Coastal Zone Management Act.
1973 Endangered Species Act; Oregon Bottle Bill.
1974 Trans-Alaska Pipeline Act; Safe Drinking Water Act.
1976 Federal Land Policy and Management Act; National Forest Management Act; Resource Conservation and Recovery Act;
Fishery Conservation Act.
1977 Clean Air Act amended; Clean Water Act amended; Ocean Dumping Act amended.
1978 Port and Tanker Safety Act; Energy Policy and Conservation Act.
1980 Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (Superfund); Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act; Alaska National Interest Lands Act; Low-Level Radioactive Waste Act; Alternative Motor Fuels Act.
1982 Nuclear Waste Policy Act.
1984 Resource Conservation Act amended.
1986 Safe Drinking Water Act amended; Community Right-To-Know Act (Superfund amendment).
1987 Montreal Protocol (on chlorofluorocarbons or CFCs); Clean Water Act amended; National Appliance Energy Conservation Act; Marine Plastic Pollution Control Act.
1988 Alternative Motor Fuels Act.
1990 National Environmental Education Act; Clean Air Act amended.
1994 California Desert Protection Act.