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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.

Drinking Water Quality in Child Care Facilities: A Review of State Policy

Environmental Law Institute
August 2015

A variety of chemical, biological, and radiological contaminants may affect drinking water supplies. Children are especially vulnerable to the effects of contaminants in their water, because they drink more water, eat more food, and breathe more air relative to their size than do adults, and because their bodies are not fully developed and their growing organs can be more easily harmed. This paper describes how state laws and regulations across the U.S. Read More >

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Regulation of Offshore Aquaculture

Environmental Law Institute
March 2015

This white paper provides a detailed legal and practical overview of Corps regulation of offshore aquaculture, illustrated through case studies of three offshore aquaculture projects that have recently received Section 10 permits. In addition, it provides recommendations for steps to increase the consistency and timeliness of Section 10 permitting of offshore aquaculture while ensuring that all environmental impacts are effectively addressed. Read More >

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Regulation of Offshore Aquaculture (Fact Sheet)

Environmental Law Institute
March 2015

This fact sheet summarizes the ELI white paper “U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Regulation of Offshore Aquaculture." Click here for the full white paper. Read More >

Legal Frameworks for MPA Enforcement in the Caribbean: Challenges and Opportunities

Environmental Law Institute
February 2015

This study reviews MPA laws in the eight Caribbean nations based on the types of regulated activities allowed in MPAs and the enforcement authorities they include. Based on this country-by-country legal review, the study preliminarily identifies similarities and differences among enforcement authorities in the region and highlights model approaches that may assist enforcement reform in this area. We specifically analyzed a number of issues, including: Read More >