Environmental Law: Toxics

Class Unique: 27800

This 3 credit course examines the regulation of toxic substances in both the common law and federal regulations. The course focuses on the federal regulatory programs governing different types of toxics problems. These programs include: a) statutes regulating toxic products (the Occupational Safety and Health Act; the Safe Drinking Water Act; the Toxic Substances Control Act; the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act; and the Consumer Protection Act); b) statutes regulating the continuous release of pollutants through normal operations (the Occupational Safety and Health Act; and the Clean Air and Water Acts); and c) statutes regulating waste disposal (the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (Superfund)). The course then explores the enforcement of these regulatory programs, including the use of citizen suits and environmental justice claims. The course concludes with an examination of the vital role that state law and tort litigation play in the shadow of these extensive federal regulatory programs. The basis of evaluation will be a 24 hour, open book examination. Prerequisite: None

Class Details

Meeting Days Time Location
Thursday, Friday 10:30 - 11:45 am TNH 3.129
Evaluation Method Date Time Alpha Range Room

Additional Information

Course Type
Grading Method
Pass/Fail Allowed
Will use floating mean GPA if applicable


  • The Regulation of Toxic Substances and Hazardous Wastes: Cases and Materials - John S. Applegate et al
      Foundation Press , edition: 3rd
      ISBN: 978-1-63460-344-7   (required)