ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS
This lesson discusses the laws and regulations that impact Army training and operations and the
fines and penalties that can be imposed on Army soldiers and civilians.
TERMINAL LEARNING OBJECTIVE:
You will identify the environmental laws and regulations required for the
soldier to perform his mission, while minimizing harm to the natural
You will be given the material contained in this lesson.
You will correctly answer the practice exercise questions at the end of this
The material contained in this lesson was derived from the following
publications: ARs 200-1, 200-2, 200-3, 200-4, and 200-5, and TC 3-
Environmental issues are a major concern for the Army. With new laws and regulations, these
issues continue to have a growing impact on Army operations. Violations of federal, state, or
local environmental laws can result in both civil and criminal penalties. Soldiers and leaders
must understand the laws and know what actions to take. They must also ensure that unit
personnel are trained properly and meet all certification requirements. The environmental laws
and regulations in this section are not all inclusive, but they represent those that are most
applicable to soldiers. For further information about these and other laws, consult your chain of
command or the installation staff judge advocate or environmental office.
2-1. Environmental Laws. There are four primary sources of environmental laws--federal,
state, local, and HN. These four governments have established laws and regulations to protect
civilian and military communities and the natural and cultural environments from degradation.
Heightened environmental awareness by the public and the federal government has prompted
agencies to develop policies to support regulatory compliance and stewardship.
2-2. Federal Law. Federal laws are enacted by Congress and enforced by federal agencies like
the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Transportation (DOT), and the