Environmental Law

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Fall 2012 Course
Meets: Th, F 10:00am - 11:30am in WCC Room 1015
3 classroom credits

This course surveys federal environmental law. The first part of the course considers the character of environmental disputes, the problems inherent in fashioning legal rules for their resolution, including common law doctrine, constitutional law, statutes, administrative regulations. The second part of the course considers in more detail five different federal environmental laws, including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act. These statutes will be studied in some detail so that students emerge with a basic understanding of their key provisions. Thematically, the statutes serve as illustrations of different regulatory approaches to environmental problems, from "command and control" to market-based instruments. In addition, we will discuss important matters of policy, including the recent efforts by the federal government to address climate change through the Clean Air Act and comprehensive energy and climate legislation. There are no pre-requisites. Laptops will not be permitted in class.

Subject Areas: Environmental Law , Regulatory Law .

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