Part I Background information: the EC and its institutions; sources of EC environmental policy and law; reading EC environmental laws. Part II EC laws for the protection of the environment: some general EC environmental laws; air and noise; chemicals and industrial risks; nature conservation; waste; water. Part III Using EC law to protect the environment: using EC environmental laws in the member states; suing the state for its failure to comply with EC environmental law; what do national courts have to do to make sure that EC environmental laws are applied?; making a complaint to the commission; sending petitions to the parliament and getting help from MEPs; making a complaint to the European Ombudsman. Part IV Influencing future environmental laws; how are EC laws made? how to influence future EC environmental laws. Part V Finding out more: the EC's organization, useful contacts and addresses.