This book explores how federal environmental law is made and how it interacts with state law, highlighting the important role that administrative agencies play in the creation, implementation, and enforcement of U.S. environmental law. It features an examination of the key statutes, case law, and controversies involved in the regulation of natural resources; a survey of the broad range of regulations and legal principles that govern the protection of the environment in the United States; and analysis of relevant statutes for specific issues including air and water pollution, climate change, endangered species, wilderness preservation, hazardous waste, and pesticides.
Farber's Environmental Law in a Nutshell provides an up-to-date foundation for understanding American environmental law. Expert text includes coverage of the full range of environmental issues, from climate change and air pollution, to waste disposal and wetlands. Surveys the many statutory and common-law regulations shaping the world in which we live.
This collection of essays explores the regulation of the environment in the US and UK. The expert contributors illustrate that regulating the environment in the UK is conceptually complex, involves a diverse range of institutions, techniques and methodologies and crosses geographical and national boundaries. In the US it is more formalised, juridical, adversarial and formally dependent upon legal rules. The articles highlight the fact that despite differences in the UK and the US's regulatory styles, environmental regulation today has much in common with both traditions.
The incredible true story of the lawyer who spent two decades building a case against DuPont for its use of the hazardous chemical PFOA, uncovering the worst case of environmental contamination in history--affecting virtually every person on the planet--and the conspiracy that kept it a secret for sixty years. The story that inspired Dark Waters. 1998: Rob Bilott is a young lawyer specializing in helping big corporations stay on the right side of environmental laws and regulations. Then he gets a phone call from a West Virginia farmer named Earl Tennant, who is convinced the creek on his property is being poisoned by runoff from a neighboring DuPont landfill, causing his cattle and the surrounding wildlife to die in hideous ways. Earl hasn't even been able to get a water sample tested by any state or federal regulatory agency or find a local lawyer willing to take the case. As soon as they hear the name DuPont--the area's largest employer--they shut him down. Once Rob sees the thick, foamy water that bubbles into the creek, the gruesome effects it seems to have on livestock, and the disturbing frequency of cancer and other health problems in the area, he's persuaded to fight against the type of corporation his firm routinely represents.
This book illuminates key aspects of environmental governance through the lens of their underlying dimensions: for example, the form, structure and language of international, regional and national instruments; the function of norms, objectives and standards; and the relevance of economic analysis and of integrated policy formulation. Chapters include analyses of human rights, constitutional rights, property rights, sustainable development, environmental impact assessment and precaution. Contributions examine the emerging roles played by various concepts, values and objectives in environmental governance. The concepts examined go to the heart of environmental law: the capacity of a system of environmental governance to be judicially recognized and enforced.