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Environmental and Energy Law

A research guide containing helpful resources for patrons conducting environmental and energy law research.

Federal Statutes

Title 42 of the United States Code contains most of the statutes governing air, pollution clean up efforts, energy, waste disposal, and other environmental and energy topics.  Title 33 of the United States Code contains many of the statutes governing water pollution issues. 

The U.S.C. is available in a number of locations, such as in print in the library [KF62 .A2] and on GovInfo.gov.

Annotated codes, such as the U.S.C.A. (United States Code Annotated), which is available on Westlaw Edge, and the U.S.C.S. (United States Code Service), which is available on Lexis Advance, are useful research tools.  Annotated codes not only provide the language of the statutes, but also provide citations to relevant cases, regulations, and secondary sources.

North Carolina Statutes

The North Carolina General Statutes are available for free on the North Carolina General Assembly's website.  Chapters 113A and 130A contain many of the environmental statutes.  For additional information regarding North Carolina legislation, visit our research guide titled North Carolina Statutes, County and Municipal Ordinances and Administrative Rules.

General Statutes of North Carolina Annotated KFN7430 1943 .A24 (also available electronically via Lexis Advance) is the official version published by Lexis.

West's North Carolina General Statutes Annotated KFN7430 1943 .A241 (also available electronically via Westlaw Edge) is the unofficial annotated version of the general statutes published by West.