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ELI publishes Research Reports available for free download that present the analysis and conclusions of the policy studies ELI undertakes to improve environmental law and policy. These reports contribute to education of the profession and disseminate diverse points of view and opinions to stimulate a robust and creative exchange of ideas. Those publications, which express opinions of the authors and not necessarily those of the Institute, its Board of Directors, or funding organizations, exemplify ELI’s commitment to dialogue with all sectors.

Estimating U.S. Government Spending on Coal: 2002 - 2010

John Pendergrass, Sara Gersen, Nina Robertson
September 2013

A new ELI study finds that the federal government provided approximately $25.425 billion in financial support for coal production, transport, use, or waste disposal during the period 2002-2010. The majority of these dollars —$16.214 billion—are attributable to tax benefits. Read More >

Catalyzing Redevelopment : Innovative Approaches and Emerging Best Practices in State Petroleum Brownfield Initiatives

Environmental Law Institute
July 2013

Across the country, states are experimenting with innovative new approaches to brownfields and petroleum brownfields remediation and redevelopment. Through simplified regulatory processes, new methods for supporting redevelopment, and greater information sharing, states are overcoming longstanding obstacles to remediation projects. This report provides concrete examples of applied practices and programs currently in use throughout the country, along with information about regulatory and procedural changes that states have successfully deployed. Read More >

Catalyzing Redevelopment: Innovative Approaches and Emerging Best Practices in State Petroleum Brownfield Initiatives

ELI Staff
July 2013

This report examines a wide range of regulatory practices and tools used by states to address petroleum brownfield remediation and redevelopment challenges. The state practices are categorized into three overarching themes (simplification of redevelopment processes; support for redevelopment; and greater accessibility of information) through which states can review and strengthen the effectiveness of their own programs. Read More >

Shifting the Debate: In Defense of the Equal Access to Justice Act

Brian Korpics, Jay Austin, and Bruce Myers
June 2013
State Constraints: State-Imposed Limitations on the Authority of Agencies to Reg

State Constraints: State-Imposed Limitations on the Authority of Agencies to Regulate Waters Beyond the Scope of the Federal Clean Water Act

May 2013

ELI has released a 50-state study identifying laws that can limit the ability of state agencies to protect wetlands, streams, and other water resources more broadly than federal law. The study finds that over two-thirds of all U.S. states have versions of these “stringency” and property rights laws. Read More >