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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.

ELI Research Brief #4 - Reorienting Risk Assessment

Paul Locke, Environmental Law Institute
December 1994

Used to evaluate environmental hazards and to set environmental health standards, risk assessment has increasingly captured the attention of policy makers. But to date, the EPA`s risk methodology concentrates almost exclusively on cancer, down-playing potential problems such as birth defects, neurotoxicity, and immune system damage. With roughly eight risk assessment bills or provisions pending in Congress, Reorienting Risk Assessment critically examines the current risk assessment paradigm and offers detailed suggestions for examining noncancer risks as well as cancer risks. Read More >

ELI Research Brief #6 - Property Past Present and Future

James M. McElfish Jr., Philip Warburg & John Pendergrass, Environmental Law Institute
December 1994

As the courts, the Congress, and state legislatures grapple with the issue of "regulatory takings"--when environmental regulation goes too far in precluding uses of private property to the point where government should compensate owners--a new ELI Research Brief declares that "regulation, including environmental regulation, developed as an essential partner to property rights as we know them. Property rights and environmental protection are interdependent, rather than conflicting." Read More >

Radon in Rental Housing: Legal and Policy Strategies for Reducing Health Risks

Radon in Rental Housing: Legal and Policy Strategies for Reducing Health Risks

Environmental Law Institute Staff
September 1994

The radon outreach and education programs of EPA, state and local government agencies, and private organizations have helped to increase greatly public awareness of this environmental health hazard. In the residential context, this work has focused almost exclusively on promoting radon testing and mitigation in single family, owner-occupied homes. There have been few, if any, initiatives targeted at reducing exposure to high radon levels in rental housing. Read More >

An Analysis of State Superfund Programs: 50-State Study 1993 Update

John A. Pendergrass, Environmental Law Institute
January 1994

This 1993 update to our popular series, the study examines the cleanup programs of all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. The study provides a snapshot of state statutes, program organization, staffing, funding, expenditures, cleanup standards, and cleanup activities. Read More >