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Environmental Law, Policy, and Economics Reclaiming the Environmental Agenda

ISBN-10: 0262012383
ISBN-13: 9780262012386
Edition: 2007
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Book details

List price: $110.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 5/2/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 1128
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 3.762
Language: English

The past twenty-five years have seen a significant evolution in environmental policy, with new environmental legislation and substantive amendments to earlier laws, significant advances in environmental science, and changes in the treatment of science (and scientific uncertainty) by the courts. This book offers a detailed discussion of the important issues in environmental law, policy, and economics, tracing their development over the past few decades through an examination of environmental law cases and commentaries by leading scholars. The authors focus on pollution, addressing both pollution control and prevention, but also emphasize the evaluation, design, and use of the law to stimulate technical change and industrial transformation, arguing that there is a need to address broader issues of sustainable development. Environmental Law, Policy, and Economics,which grew out of courses taught by the authors at MIT, treats the traditional topics covered in most classes in environmental law and policy, including common law and administrative law concepts and the primary federal legislation. But it goes beyond these to address topics not often found in a single volume: the information-based obligations of industry, enforcement of environmental law, market-based and voluntary alternatives to traditional regulation, risk assessment, environmental economics, and technological innovation and diffusion. Countering arguments found in other texts that government should play a reduced role in environmental protection, this book argues that clear, stringent legal requirements--coupled with flexible means for meeting them--and meaningful stakeholder participation are necessary for bringing about environmental improvements and technologicial transformations.

Complete Table of Contents
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Nature and Origins of Environmental Contamination
Nature and Assessment of the Harm
Economics and the Environment
Addressing Pollution Through the Tort System
Administrative Law
The Roles of Congress, the President, the Agencies, and the Courts in Shaping Environmental Policy
The Clean Air Act and the Regulation of Stationary Sources
The Regulation of Mobile Sources Under the Clean Air Act
Protection of Surface Waters, Wetlands, and Drinking Water
The Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act
Regulation of Hazardous Wastes
RCRA, CERCLA, and Hazardous Waste Facility Siting
The Right to Know
Mandatory Disclosure of Information Regarding Chemical Risks
Enforcement
Encouraging Compliance with Environmental Statutes
Alternative Forms of Government Intervention to Promote Pollution Reduction
Policies to Promote Pollution Prevention and Inherent Safety
Epilogue-Beyond Pollution Control and Prevention
Sustainable Development
About the Authors
Index of Cases
Subject Index

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