1998 RECOMMENDED WEB SITES FOR LAND USE AND ENVIRONMENTAL LAW

MARTHA MANN[*]

Copyright © 1998 Florida State University Journal of Land Use & Environmental Law

I. INTRODUCTION

The Internet is a global, gigantic network of smaller networks which allows anyone with a computer, modem, and an Internet Service Provider (ISP) to retrieve and view information stored on host computers located throughout the world.[1] The success and popularity of the Internet, also referred to as the "information superhighway" is undeniable. Today, there are approximately 320 million Web pages accessible on the World Wide Web.[2] For those conducting legal research on the Internet, legal Web sites have become a tremendous resource for free legal information.[3] Statutes, case law, law journals, and many other resources are easily accessible over the Internet. There are also discussion groups, mailing lists, and other forms of communication for those interested in particular areas of the law.

But as the popularity of the Internet grows, so do the number of Internet sites and the amount of information placed on the Web. With the number of Internet sites expected to grow 1000 percent in the next few years, it is not surprising that no more than about forty percent of the Web pages are indexed by search engines.[4] To alleviate this problem, there are guides to the Internet which offer listings of Web sites, online discussion groups and mailing lists, and other information.[5] Recommended Web sites may also be found in journals.[6]

In this Web sites review, the addresses are subdivided under various topic areas, which are listed alphabetically. The topic areas are Brownfields Information, Compliance Information, Courts, Environmental News, Journal, and Newsletters, Environmental Programs, Environmental Statistics and Databases, Governmental Agencies and Regulatory Web Sites, Industry Web Sites, Land Use, Laws, Legal Research and Law Libraries, Legislative Information, Miscellaneous Environmental Sites, Products, Recent Developments and Current Case Law, Risk Management under the Clean Air Act, and State/Regional Web Sites.

 

II. BROWNFIELDS INFORMATION

BANK OF AMERICA BROWNFIELDS REDEVELOPMENT PAGE

URL: http://www.bankamerica.com/community/envp9.html
Description: This site contains an introduction of what brownfields are, and comments from Bank of America and other bank officers on the issue of brownfields redevelopment. The site also includes a bibliography with a presentation of the available research on brownfields.

THE BROWNFIELDS CENTER

URL: http://www.ce.cmu.edu/Brownfields/inde x.html
Description: The Brownfields Center brings together researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh to study the relationships between brownfields redevelopment and urban infrastructure renewal, economic development, and quality of life. The site includes information about various projects, participants, and periodicals.
 

EPA BROWNFIELDS PAGE

URL: http://www.epa.gov/brownfields
Description: As a very comprehensive site for information about brownfields, this web site includes projects and initiatives, news, laws and regulations, contacts, publications, and other resources. The site also provides links to the brownfields home pages of each region, and other home pages within the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response.

FINK ZAUSMER'S BROWNFIELDS PAGE

URL: http://www.lawsite.com/BROWNFIELDS/
Description: As a page devoted to the collection and posting of information and ideas for redeveloping brownfields, it contains information about state and federal law and policy regarding brownfields, including tax incentives and EPA memoranda.
III. COMPLIANCE INFORMATION
AUDIT POLICY INTERPRETIVE GUIDANCE
URL: http://es.epa.gov/oeca/apolguid.html
Description: This site contains information issued by the EPA Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance including audit policy updates from 1996 to the present.
ENVIRO$ EN$E
URL: http://es.epa.gov/index.html
Description: This government web site is considered the best repository for pollution prevention, compliance assurance, and enforcement information. The site also includes several databases, handbooks, case studies, statutes, executive orders, and compliance policies and guidelines.
HAZARDOUS MATERIAL ADVISORY COUNCIL (HMAC)
URL: http://www.hmac.org/
Description: The HMAC is an international, non-profit organization devoted to promoting regulatory compliance and safety in transportation of hazardous materials, substances, and wastes. The site contains a menu of activities and services available to assist the public and members in achieving compliance with regulations. The web site also contains information about related publications, conferences, and meetings.
 
IV. COURTS
FEDERAL COURT LOCATOR
URL: http://www.law.vill.edu/Fed-Ct/fedct.html
Description: This web site provides access to federal court opinions and rules, as well as Court of Appeals and District Court home pages, and related federal agencies.
JOSHUA (JUDICIAL ONLINE SUPERHIGHWAY USER ACCESS SYSTEM)
URL: http://www.flcourts.org/
Description: A guide to the Florida court system, with court opinions and rules, and links to the state courts' home pages.
 
V. ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS, JOURNALS, AND NEWSLETTERS
ALLIANCE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY NEWS SPLASH
URL: http://aet.org/news/index.html
Description: This Web site contains archived press releases and newsletters and recent articles relating to the paper industry.
AMBIENT MONITORING NEWSLETTER
URL: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/division/ monitoring/pubs.htm
Description: A Web based newsletter focusing on surface and groundwater issues written by the state of Florida's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
CAPITOL REPORTS® ENVIRONMENTAL "NEWS LINK"
URL: http://www.caprep.com/
Description: Primarily a news digest for environmental news, the news is broken down by topics: Air Quality, Brownfields, Climate Changes, Enforcement, Hazardous Materials, etc. The site also contains informational links to agencies, state and federal courts, legislation, and regulations.
CHEMICALS IN THE ENVIRONMENT PUBLIC ACCESS INFORMATION
URL: http://www.epa.gov/cie
Description: Published by the EPA's Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, the site contains articles and a quarterly bulletin of chemical program issues.
CNN EARTH PAGE
URL: http://cnn.com/EARTH/index.html<R >
Description: This site contains news stories of environmental interest, which are updated daily.
COMMON SENSE INITIATIVE UPDATE
URL: http://www.epa.gov/commonsense/update.htm
Description: This Web site includes updates on the activities of the EPA's Common Sense Initiative Council and Subcommittees.
DEP HOT TOPICS (News Releases and Topics of Interest)
URL: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/news.html
Description: This Florida DEP site contains news releases, information on workshops, hearings, recent reports, and employee newsletters.
EDF LETTER (Newsletter of Environmental Defense Fund)
URL: http://www.edf.org/pubs/edf-letter
Description: This site contains the full text of issues in newsletters since 1970 addressing endangered species legislation, pesticide legislation, superfund information, and a history of various environmental actions.
ENVIRO-NEWSBRIEF
URL: http://www.epa.gov/natlibr/hqirc/end.htm
Description: A daily update providing summaries of news articles pertaining to the EPA and general governmental issues. The site also includes environmental related articles from newspapers, newsletters, and other publications.
ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS NETWORK DAILY NEWS
URL: http://www.enn.com/subscriptions/enews wire-registration.asp
Description: Updated daily, this site contains news stories by journalists and scientists.
ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT
URL: http://www.erm.com
Description: This site contains publications, newsletters, and alerts on regulations, conferences, and other events. It also contains a weekly update on state-by-state regulatory information.
EPA JOURNAL
URL: http://www.epa.gov/epajrnal/
Description: This site is a magazine on national and global environmental perspectives. Each issue is on a different topic (Clean Water, Environmental Technology and the Economy, etc), and issues dating from 1993 are accessible. (They are behind, though, and no issues in 1996, 1997 or 1998 have been placed on the site.)
FLORIDA POLLUTION PREVENTION PROGRAM NEWSLETTER
URL: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/waste/progr ams/p2/10.htm
Description: This Florida DEP produced newsletter focuses on state and local pollution prevention activities.
GREEN LIGHTS® AND ENERGY STAR® BUILDINGS ONLINE PUBLICATIONS
URL: http://www.epa.gov/appdstar/news<R>
Description: This site publishes bulletins and updates with information on the EPA's Green Lights® and ENERGY STAR® Buildings participant accomplishments and program developments. Past issues are also retrievable.
LAW JOURNAL EXTRA! ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
URL: http://www.ljx.com/practice/environmen t/index.html
Description: This popular site contains recent stories and regular columns, as well as current case and statute information.
NEWSLEAKS NEWSLETTER ONLINE
URL: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/waste/progr ams/tanks/newslett.htm
Description: This is the quarterly newsletter for the Florida DEP Storage Tank and Petroleum Cleanup Programs. Issues date back to 1995.
OFFICE OF ENFORCEMENT AND COMPLIANCE ECHO NEWSLETTER
URL: http://es.epa.gov/oeca/echo/echotble.html
Description: This site contains a bi-monthly newsletter published by the EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance. The most recent issue on the Internet is July 1997.
POLLUTION PREVENTION NEWS
URL: http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/ChemLibPPN /
Description: Included in this governmental web site are the most recent and past bi-monthly publications of the EPA's Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics.
PRETREATMENT COMMUNICATOR
URL: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/wf/do m/ppr_news.htm
Description: The Communicator is a quarterly newsletter of the Florida DEP providing information about industrial pretreatment.
RCRA, SUPERFUND & EPCRA MONTHLY HOTLINE REPORTS
URL: http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/hotline/mr qs.htm
Description: Frequently asked regulatory questions and answers are compiled and published monthly by the EPA. Reports can be downloaded by month or year.
ST. JOHNS RIVER WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT NEWS RELEASE INDEX
URL: http://sjr.state.fl.us/news/PIO_med4.htm
Description: Specific to Florida's St. Johns River Water Management District, a complete index of news releases issued by the St. Johns River Water Management District dating back to 1996 are available at this site.
STREAMLINES
URL: http://sjr.state.fl.us/info/streamln/s lns_idx.htm
Description: This site contains a quarterly publication by Florida's St. Johns River Water Management District addressing water conservation.
TECH TRENDS
URL: http://clu-in.com/ttrends/trends1.htm
Description: This Web site contains a newsletter that provides descriptions and performance data for innovative source control technologies that have been applied in the field.
THE WATER MONITOR
URL: http://www.epa.gov/OWOW/watermonitor/
Description: A bi-monthly newsletter that summarizes water monitoring and related activities occurring in the ten EPA regions, the states, and at EPA Headquarters. Topics typically include re cent and ongoing water monitoring projects, as well as non-point source monitoring and watershed assessment and management activities.
WATER ONLINE TIMES
URL: http://www.wateronline.com/
Description: Created for professionals and vendors in the water and wastewater industries, this site provides news, product information, and discussion groups.
YALE WORKING PAPERS ON SOLID WASTE POLICY
URL: http://www.yale.edu/pswp
Description: This site contains abstracts of papers written by experts in the field of solid waste which are commissioned by Yale's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Full articles can be ordered from the site.
 
VI. ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS
ACID RAIN PROGRAM
URL: http://www.epa.gov/docs/acidrain/ardho me.html
Description: This site provides information on the program, the environmental effects of acid rain, emissions trading NOx reduction, emissions monitoring and reporting, emissions data, and conservation and renewable energy incentives.
BROWNFIELDS (see separate listing)
COMMON SENSE INITIATIVE (CSI)
URL: http://www.epa.gov/commonsense/<R >
Description: Provided in this site is an overview of all CSI projects, including news items, upcoming activities, updates, and accomplishments. The site also contains a listing of participating indus tries and partners.
HAZWRAP
URL: http://www.ornl.gov/HAZWRAP/
Description: Under the guidance of the DOE, the Hazardous Waste Remedial Actions Program, HAXWRAP, works with federal, state, and local U.S. agencies to provide solutions to environmental problems presented by environmental remediation, pollution prevention and waste minimization. The site contains information on partnerships, services, capabilities, and articles on a variety of environmental and land use topics.
ISO-14000 INFORMATION CENTER
URL: http://www.iso14000.com/
Description: ISO 14000 provides industry with a way to track, manage, and improve environmental performance without conflicting with the business priorities of an operation. By design, ISO 14000 is a simplified environmental management standard which takes into account business and economic considerations while improving on already established environmental protection programs. This site contains an ISO overview and a list of articles and other publications pertaining to the ISO 14000 environmental management standards.
PROJECT XL
URL: http://www.epa.gov/ProjectXL/
Description: Project XL, which stands for "eXcellence and Leadership," is a national pilot program that tests innovative ways of achieving better and more cost-effective public health and environmental protection. Use this site to obtain information and the names of contacts for the EPA's Project XL. Information on specific projects is available, as are legal and policy documents of the EPA.
RECYCLER'S WORLD
URL: http://www.recycle.net/
Description: This site was established as a World Wide Web trading site for information related to secondary recyclable commodities, by-products, used and surplus items or materials. It covers a wide variety of recyclable commodities.
 
VII. ENVIRONMENTAL STATISTICS/DATABASES
CENTER FOR GLOBAL AND REGIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH
URL: http://www.cger.uiowa.edu/servers/serv ers_environment.html
Description: Created and updated by the Center at the University of Iowa, this site contains one of the most extensive directories of environmental information and topics. Unique links included are those to research programs and projects, along with digital and graphic environmental data.
CHEMFINDER
URL: http://chemfinder.camsoft.com/
Decription: A good resource for information on nearly any known chemical.
ENVIROFACTS WAREHOUSE
URL: http://www.epa.gov/enviro/index_java.html
Description: This site includes a fantastic compilation of data covering a wide variety of environmental areas (Superfund, water discharge, hazardous waste, etc), as well as a system for generating reports from available data. Other information such as maps and recent news are also accessible.
HAZDAT (Hazardous Substance Release/Health Effects Database)
URL: http://www.info-xpress.com/hawkwatch/
Description: Information on the effects of hazardous substances on humans, on emergency events which include the contaminants found, concentration levels, and other related information are provided at this site.
THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL DATA INDEX
URL: http://www.nedi.gov/
Description: This site provides direct access to environmental data and information descriptions drawn from the data of the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Energy, Interior, and the EPA, NASA, and the National Science Foundation.
TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER NETWORK
URL: http://www.epa.gov.ttn/
Description: This site contains access to the EPA's Support Center for Regulatory Air Models, a warehouse for air quality models.
THE WWW VIRTUAL LIBRARY: THE ENVIRONMENT
URL: http://ecosys.drdr.virginia.edu/Environment.shtml
Description: Created at the University of Virginia, this truly amazing web site contains a page of general environmental links and pages of specific information and data on topics such as the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere. This site also includes the notable "List o' lists of Environmental Resources."
 
VIII . GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES & REGULATORY WEB SITES
ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURE DATABASE
URL: http://www.law.fsu.edu/library/admin
Developed and maintained by the American Bar Association's Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice and the Florida State University College of Law, this Web site includes recent federal APA reform developments, recommendations of the Administrative Conference of the United States, and links to federal and state legal materials. Also included are links to state APAs and reform proposals, as well as model state acts and inter-state organization.
THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
URL: http://www.epa.gov
Description: The EPA Web site is one of the largest and most established of the governmental agency sites. You can search the EPA server by phrase or by listed topics ranging from endocrine disrupters to environmental justice. There is also an "Envirofacts" database, a federal regulation environmental subset, and a link to an Environmental Indicators Home Page, which further provides links to data collected nationally, or by state, county or zip code.
FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
URL: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/
Description: This site provides links to news, guides and manuals, permitting information, legislative events, rules and statutes, and related links.
NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION
URL: http://www.noaa.gov/
Description: This site contains links to environmental data, legislative affairs, and other environmental information.
PARKNET: THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE PLACE ON THE WEB
URL: http://www.nps.gov
Description: This site contains a search engine and a library with environmental news, legislative information, and references related to the National Park Service and its preservation of America's cultural and national heritage.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (DOE)
URL: http://www.doe.gov/
Description: Notable for its DOE Information Bridge, this site contains searchable citations of worldwide energy research as well as bibliographic citations with links to DOE sponsored or acquired full-text reports. It also contains EnergyFiles, the DOE's virtual library, and the DOE's bibliographic database.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR (DOI)
URL: http://www.doi.gov/index.html
Description: This comprehensive Web site contains news, links to bureaus within the DOI, and an information index.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (OSHA)
URL: http://www.osha.gov/
Description: The OSHA Web page includes links to health and safety-related news releases, regulations, and an information index.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)
URL: http://www.dot.gov/
Description: The Department of Transportation's home page includes information on the United States DOT and links to individual states' Department of Transportation and related legal Web sites.
U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
URL: http://www.fws.gov/
Description: Access to information about coastal conservation, environmental contaminants, wetlands, and other topics are found at the Web site. It also includes frequently asked questions and news releases.
WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICTS (FLORIDA)
URL: http://www.state.fl.us/nwfwmd/ (Northwest Florida)
http://sjr.state.fl.us/ (St. Johns River)
http://www.dep.state.fl.us/swfwmd/ (Southwest Florida)
http://www.sfwmd.gov/ (South Florida)
Description: The amount of information varies by site, but most sites have newsletters and links to related sites.
 
IX. INDUSTRY WEB SITES
AIR & WASTE MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION HOME PAGE
URL: http://www.awma.org/
Description: This Web site is a source of information regarding meetings and online publications of environmental professionals in air and waste management.
THE ALLIANCE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY
URL: http://aet.org/
Description: The Alliance is an international association of chemical manufacturers and forest products companies dedicated to improving the environmental performance of the pulp and paper industry. The site provides information on the use of Elemental Chlorine-Free technology, news, and technical and market reports.
AMERICAN FORESTRY AND PAPER ASSOCIATION
URL: http://www.afandpa.org/index.html
Description: Information on forestry, paper, and wood products, as well as congressional news, recycling information, and state government relations are provided at this site. The Web site also includes a weekly highlight page of information such as recycling surveys, and stories on sustainable development.
ELECTRIC POWER RESEARCH INSTITUTE
URL: http://www.epri.com/
Description: The Electric Power Research Institute, whose members collectively generate over seventy percent of the electricity generated in the United States, founded the Institute for collaborative research and development. The site lists business groups, special projects, and energy links.
PULP AND PAPER NET
 URL: http://www.pulpandpaper.net/
Description: A site devoted to the pulp and paper industry includes industry news and job opportunities, and a listing of suppliers and products. Fully searchable archives of industry news and press re leases for subscribers are also available.
THE SUSTAINABLE FORESTS DIRECTORY
URL: http://homepages.together.net/~wow/ind ex2.htm#anchor818681
Description: This site contains articles, industry trade organizations, and information on certification, meetings, and research.
 
X. LAND USE
CYBURBIA
URL: http://www.cyburbia.org
Description: A very comprehensive directory of Internet resources relevant to planning, architecture, "urbanism," and other topics related to development is located at this site. It also contains information about architecture and planning-related usenet groups, and hosts several interactive message areas. The site links to over 6000 sites.
PLANNING COMMISSIONERS' JOURNAL - PLANNERS WEB CITY AND REGIONAL PLANNING RESOURCES
URL: http://www.plannersweb.com
Description: This site includes a list of links to a number of state planning and citizen organizations on the Web, as well as a list of several regional planning organizations on the Web. The site is notable for its special online resource pages, including the Sprawl Resource Guide, Takings and Property Rights, and top ten lists of most threatened rivers, most endangered historic sites, most en lightened communities, etc.
 
XI. LAWS (STATUTES, REGULATIONS AND RULES)
CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS
URL: http://law.house.gov/cfr.htm
Description: This site contains the Code of Federal Regulation (CFR).
DEP ENVIRONMENTAL RULES
URL: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/rules.ftp.html
Description: This site contains the Florida DEP rules.
FEDERAL REGISTER
URL: http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/aces 140.html
Description: This site allows searches of CFR, Federal Register, Public Laws, U.S. Government Manual, weekly compilation of Presidential documents, and U.S. Congress information.
STATE AND FEDERAL REGULATIONS
URL: http://www.law.cornell.edu/regs.html
Description: This well-organized site contains sources or links to state and federal regulations.
UNIFORM COMMERCIAL CODE (ARTICLES 1 - 9)
URL: http://www.law.cornell.edu/ucc.table.html
Description: This well-organized site contains the Uniform Commercial Code.
U.S. CODE
URL: http://law.house.gov/usc.htm
Description: This government site contains the U.S. Code.
 
XII. LEGAL RESEARCH AND LAW LIBRARIES
THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF LAW LIBRARIES / WASHBURN
URL: http://lawlib.wuacc.edu/
Description: This site contains links to a broad spectrum of legal resources. For example, a listing of law schools, law firms and even course outlines is available, as is access to many law library catalogs is included. There is also information about discussion groups for specific areas of law.
CATALAW
URL: http://www.catalaw.com/
Description: This Web page calls itself the "catalog of catalogs" of law on the Internet. All legal and government indexes on the Internet are arranged into one uniform "metaindex." Searches can be executed based on a topic or region. The site also contains lawyer directories and professional resources.
THE FINDLAW INDEX
URL: http://www.findlaw.com
Description: A very useful starting point for a search, this site contains its own search engine and legal subject index. Topical legal stories and case records are regularly featured, as are recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions. The site also contains links to U.S. Federal Government resources, state law resources, foreign and international resources, as well as links to a directory of law schools, law firms and lawyers, and consultants and experts.
HEIROS GAMOS
URL: http://www.hg.org/hg.html
Description: This is a very large and comprehensive general legal Web site containing over 20,000 original pages and 70,000 links. Included are directories of law-related organizations, over 200 practice areas, discussion groups, a library, journals, and government listings.
The Institute of Continuing Legal Education
URL: http://www.icle.org/index.htm
Description: Sponsored by the state bar and law schools of Michigan, this site includes a number of Web links in the areas of real property law and environmental law. It includes laws and cases, government agencies and law firms, as well as practice resources and guides.
THE INTERNET LEGAL RESOURCE GUIDE
URL: http://www.ilrg.com/
Description: This site contains a categorized index of 3,100 Web sites covering resources such as academic journals, professional associations, a form index, and federal and state research tools. The sidebar index is quite helpful in narrowing the possible links to resources.
INTERNET SLEUTH LEGAL AND GOVERNMENT INFORMATION
URL: http://www.charm.net/~ibc/sleuth/lega.html (legal)
http://www.charm.net/~ibc/sleuth/gove.html (government)
Description: This legal Web page offers a search engine for the courts, links to a variety of sources as diverse as the American Civil Liberties Union and Court TV. The site also includes access to federal law, the Federal Rules of Evidence, and a Web journal of current legal issues. The government page includes links to a plethora of government Web sites.
LAWCRAWLER
URL: http://www.lawcrawler.com/index.html
Description: One of the most comprehensive and helpful search engines devoted purely to legal and governmental Internet resources. It is useful for federal and state searches.
LAWYERS' LEGAL RESEARCH INDEX
URL: http://www.llr.com
Description: This site is especially useful for those still learning how to negotiate the Internet. The site takes the online user through Internet basics and instructions on beginning an online research project as part of its legal research instruction. Of interest to the environmental researcher are lists and links to Internet resources in administrative law. The site also enables full-text searches of recent case law. Said to have one of the better search engines, this is also the only site on the Internet where one can find all United States Supreme Court decisions since 1990, all federal court of appeals decisions since 1992, and recent state court decisions.
 
THE LEGAL INFORMATION INSTITUTE AT CORNELL LAW SCHOOL (LLI)
URL: http://www.law.cornell.edu
Description: One of the more established Web sites, LII was founded in 1992 to distribute legal information electronically, including disseminating it over the Internet. This site contains a wealth of well-organized primary sources and links to other sites and sources. The site includes sections on "environmental law," "pollution," and "natural resources." Accessible environmental law materials include U.S. Code, Code of Federal Regulations, state statutes and environmental regulations, recent environmental decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court, and federal agency information.
NATIONAL LIBRARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
URL: http://www.cnie.org/nle/
Description: This site allows access to congressional research service reports, population and environment linkages, and the Virtual Library of Biodiversity, Ecology and the Environment.
PACE VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW LIBRARY
URL: http://www.law.pace.edu/env/vell6.html
Description: This site is an organized "library," providing links to primary legal sources and its own search engine. This site is purely geared toward environmental legal research on the Internet, with links to research topics, the reliability of Internet data, standards, current issues, and secondary sources.
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES INTERNET LAW LIBRARY
URL: http://law.house.gov
Description: The site provides full text offerings of the United States Code and the Code of Federal Regulations in addition to historical documents such as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and international treaties. It also includes links to state and international laws and treaties.
THE WWW VIRTUAL LIBRARY: THE ENVIRONMENT
URL: http://ecosys.drdr.virginia.edu/Environment.html
Description: This truly amazing Web site contains a page of general environmental links and pages of specific information and data on a diversity of topics. Also included is the notable "List o' lists of Environmental Resources."
 
XIII. LEGISLATIVE INFORMATION
THOMAS (LEGISLATIVE INFORMATION ON THE INTERNET)
URL: http://thomas.loc.gov
Description: Created by the U.S. Congress "in the spirit of Thomas Jefferson," this site tracks the week's Congressional floor activities, major legislation, the Congressional Record (back to 1993), committee reports and transcripts, and historical documents.
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
URL: http://www.house.gov
Description: This site provides links to members of the House of Representatives, recent legislative reports, committee reports, and bills current being considered.
U.S. SENATE
URL: http://www.senate.gov
Description: This site provides links to members of the Senate, recent legislative reports, committee reports, and bills current being considered.
 
XIV. MISCELLANEOUS ENVIRONMENTAL SITES
THE GLOBAL ENERGY MARKETPLACE
URL: http://gem.crest.org/
Description: Sponsored by the EPA, and created by the Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology, this site includes new summaries, case studies, publications, economic analyses, mitigation assessments and other resources related to sustainable energy. This site also contains a state-specific section of the Global Energy Marketplace.
THE GREEN PAGE
URL: http://www.echonyc.com/kamml/enviro.html/
Description: Although this Web page prefaces itself with a disclaimer as to the dated information contained within, the site contains an eclectic list of links and environmental resources on the Net.
GREEN UNIVERSITY INITIATIVE
URL: http://www.gwu.edu/greenu
Description: Created through a partnership between the EPA and George Washington University, the site allows users to access federal environmental information resources by subject, name, or via Web search engines. Environmental career opportunities are also listed.
 
XV. PRODUCTS
CITATION PUBLISHING, INC.
URL: http://www.citation.com/
Description: Citation Publishing is an electronic publisher of regulatory environmental, health and safety compliance literature. The site gives information on their CD-ROM publications and restricted Internet access.
ENVIRONMENTAL SIMULATIONS, INC. GROUNDWATER MODELING
URL: http://www.groundwatermodels.com/index.html
Description: As a provider of groundwater modeling software, this site includes demonstrations and detailed information regarding its software.
 
XVI. RECENT DEVELOPMENTS/CURRENT CASE LAW
ENVIRONMENTAL LAW INFORMATION CENTER
URL: http://www.webcom.com/~staber/welcome.html
Description: The Web site contains current cases, acts, and bills in the field of environmental law.
 
XVII . RISK MANAGEMENT UNDER THE CLEAN AIR ACT (SECTION 112(R))
AIR & WASTE MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION
URL: http://www.awma.org/
Description: The site provides information on implementation of section 112(r), including access to technical papers, guidance documents, and workshop schedules.
THE CHEMICAL EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND PREVENTION OFFICE (CEPPO)
URL: http://www.epa.gov/swercepp
Description: CEPPO is the EPA's 112(r) clearinghouse, and is said to be the most comprehensive 112(r) site on the Internet. The site provides access to 112(r) Federal Register notices, fact sheets, guidance documents, model risk management plans for specific processes, summary reports, and meeting notices of various 112(r) work groups, links to state and local emergency planning commissions, and other 112(r) information.
LEPC/SERC NET (LOCAL EMERGENCY PLANNING COMMISSIONS AND STATE EMERGENCY RESPONSE COMMISSIONS)
URL: http://www.rtk.net/www/lepc/webpage/
Description: This site was developed to assist emergency planners and the public in implementing the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA). The site also includes links to LEPC and SERC Web sites and other information.
SAFETY ONLINE
URL: http://safetyonline.net/
Description: This site is a commercial information source for the safety professional, covering topics such as process safety management and 112(r) hazard analyses.
 
XVIII. STATE/REGIONAL WEB SITES
EnviroWorld
URL: http://www.enviroworld.com/
Description: Mainly geared toward Florida environmental matters, this site provides a great deal of Florida news, legislative information, and recent case law. The site also lists consultants and businesses.
FICUS (FLORIDA INTERNET CENTER FOR UNDERSTANDING SUSTAINABILITY)
URL: http://www.ficus.usf.edu
Description: A useful source for information on Florida planning which includes a library, tools and calculators, discussion groups, and legislative updates. The site also provides news pertaining to sustainable development in Florida.
THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS FLORIDA STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT PAGE
URL: http://www.lcweb.loc.gov/global/state/ fl-gov.html
Description: The site contains a listing of state government, regional and local government, and some city government Web sites.
THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STATE INFORMATION RESOURCE EXECUTIVE STATESEARCH
URL: http://www.nasire.org/ss/index.html
Description: The Statesearch service provides links by state to Web pages aimed at energy, environment, and natural resources.
THE STATE PUBLIC INTEREST RESEARCH GROUPS (PIRG): PROTECTING OUR ENVIRONMENT
URL: http://pirg.org/enviro/index.htm<R>
Description: PIRG's Web page includes information on state PIRG environmental programs, campaigns, and other environmental resources.
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[*] J.D., Florida State University College of Law (1998); M.A., University of North Florida (1994); B.A., University of North Florida (1991).Return to text.
[1] For a complete overview of the Internet and the World Wide Web, see American Civil Liberties Union v. Reno, 929 F. Supp 824, 830-49 (E.D.Pa. Dist. Ct. 1996).Return to text.
[2] See Paul Recer, Search Engines Run Out of Gas Navigating Terribly Tangled Web, TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT, March 28, 1998 at A1.Return to text.
[3] Notwithstanding the fee for Internet access.
[4] See Recer, supra note 2.
[5] See, e.g., JAMES EVANS, LAW ON THE NET (2d ed. 1997) (listing over 2000 law-related sites by topic); CAROL BRIGGS ERICKSON & TONI MURPHY, ENVIRONMENTAL GUIDE TO THE INTERNET (1997) (providing an introduction to the World Wide Web, and listing environmental Web sites, discussion groups and mailing lists, newsletters, and journals).
[6] See, e.g., Albert Robbins, A Top Librarian Shares the Sites, LAW & TECH. PRODUCT NEWS, Dec. 1997 at 118; Martha Mann, Recommended Legal Web Sites for Land Use and Environmental Law, 12 J. LAND USE & ENVTL. L 425 (1997); Eugene Volokh, Computer Media for the Legal Profession, 94 MICH. L. REV. 2058 (1996). The J. Land Use & Envt'l L. plans to continue providing an update to its web site review article at least once a volume. Return to text.