Environmental Law

Environmental Law

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Geared to undergraduate or graduate courses in Environmental Law. Also works well as a supplemental text in an Environmental Policy course.

This fundamental introduction to environmental law explains the legal system and process in general, discusses specific environmental laws, and presents the scientific background necessary for understanding each law. The text is designed to introduce those without any legal or special scientific training to the system through which the nation attempts to preserve and protect the different aspects of our environment.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 15.24mm | 453.59g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 3rd edition
  • illustrations, maps
  • 0130141216
  • 9780130141217

Table of contents


1. The American Legal System: The Source of Environmental Law.

Sources of Law. Classifications of Law. Constitutional Principles Underlying the American Legal System.

2. The Litigation Process and Other Tools for Resolving Environmental Disputes.

The Adversary System. The U.S. Dual Court System. Primary Actors in the Legal System. Steps in Civil Litigation. Alternatives to Civil Litigation.

3. Administrative Law and Its Impact on the Environment.

Creation of Administrative Agencies. Functions of Administrative Agencies. Limitations on Agency Power. Important Agencies Affecting the Environment.


4. An Introduction to Environmental Law and Policy.

The Need for Regulation. Alternate Ways to Control Pollution. Evolution of Our Environmental Policy. National Environmental Policy Act. Pollution Prevention Act of 1990.

5. Air Quality Control.

The Major Air Pollutants. Some Significant Air Quality Problems. The Initial Approach to Air Quality Control. The Current Approach to Air Quality Control. The 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments. Solutions Beyond the Clean Air Act.

6. Water Quality Control.

The Major Water Pollutants. Some Significant Water Quality Problems. Radon and Other Radionucleotides. Protecting Water Through Government Actions.

7. Controlling Toxic Substances.

Identification of Potentially Toxic Substances. Federal Regulation of Toxic Substances. Toxic Torts.

8. Waste Management and Hazardous Releases.

Waste Control Techniques. The Problem with Waste. Requirements for Managing Waste. CERCLA: An Overview. Emergency Response Plans and Right to Know. Federal Response to Contaminated Sites. Underground Storage Tank Program.

9. Energy and Natural Resources.

Energy Policy: A Historical Overview. Energy Consumption. Coal: The Oldest Energy Source. Petroleum and Natural Gas. Nuclear Energy. Renewable Fuels. Protecting Public Lands. Wetlands, Estuaries, and Coastal Areas. Endangered Species.

10. International Environmental Law.

The Need for International Environmental Law. The Nature of International Law. Sources of International Environmental Law. Institutions That Effectuate and Influence International Environmental Law. Addressing Specific International Environmental Problems. The Future of International Environmental law.

Appendix A. Sample Page of Drinking Water Standards and Health Advisories.
Appendix B. Abbreviations and Acronyms.
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