The implementation of environmental laws invariably results in the creation of written documents such as regulations, policies, programs, plans, studies, reports, and permits. A range of companies, agencies, institutions, and individuals may have a stake in how these documents are written and the decisions they support. People within an agency or organization writing a document may review and comment on drafts and there may also be a public comment period.
The Art of Commenting, a longtime ELI bestseller, will assist those who are commenting on drafts of their own agency's, organization's, or client's documents as well as those participating in the public comment periods available under many federal, state, and local environmental laws. This second edition of this valuable guide accounts for the present-day reality that most commenting occurs online.
Elizabeth D. Mullin is an environmental professional with decades of experience. She has worked both inside and outside government and commented on a variety of issues at the international, federal, state, and local level. Ms. Mullin began her career with the Natural Resources Defense Council commenting on draft state Coastal Zone Management Programs, and she worked for Arnold & Porter on environmental permitting issues. As a lawyer with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Denver, she specialized in Superfund implementation and enforcement. She has been associated with the Environmental Law Institute as a consultant, editor, and writer. She has also served as the Executive Director of a nonprofit organization, Rock Creek Conservancy.
Ms. Mullin earned a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College, a master's degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a J.D. from New York University School of Law. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.
"The Art of Commenting is an invaluable guide for anyone interested in making their input more likely to have a real impact on proposed policies and regulations.”
- Suzanne Wells, Chief, USEPA Superfund Community Involvement and Program Integration Branch.
"This book can help communities understand how they can more effectively influence public policy and environmental decision-making."
- Vernice Miller-Travis, member National Environmental Justice Advisory Council