U.S. Environmental Law

Course Information

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Meeting Times

Day Time Location
MON, WED 2:30 - 3:45 pm TNH 3.124

Evaluation Method

Type Date Time Location
Final exam December 14, 2024


This course surveys environmental law in the United States from its roots in the common law, to the explosion of legislation and regulation that emerged in the 1970's, and through to regulatory efforts to address climate change today. Beyond giving students a solid foundation in navigating the major laws that govern protection of the environment and public health, the course will introduce students to the regulatory state. We will examine the ways in which courts, Congress, and agencies sometimes work together and sometimes act at cross purposes in developing and implementing environmental policies. The course will also consider the disparate perspectives that inform environmental programs--ethical values, economics, and science--and how conflicts between them can lead to surprising compromises in statutory and regulatory outcomes. The course surveys four major pollution statutes, with a particular emphasis on laws regulating air and water pollution and the laws governing the commercial use and remediation of hazardous substances. The course casebook incorporates regular discussion problems and will be supplemented by four required quizzes scheduled during the semester. Students completing this course will be well-positioned to take one or more advanced environmental law courses; although, it is not a prerequisite for enrollment in any of them.

Textbooks ( * denotes required )

Practicing Environmental Law 2e *
Aagaard, Todd, Owen, Dave, and Pidot, Justin
West Academic , edition: 2
ISBN: 978-1-68467-899-0


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