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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.

Sustaining the Forests: Reinventing the Forest Service Administrative Appeal Process

Brad Bobertz & Robert Fischman, Environmental Law Institute
December 1992

This paper focuses on Forest Service appeals because they are a fulcrum leveraging overall improvement in national forest management. Unfortunately, these appeals currently fail to realize their potential as innovative tools because they are designed for an oversimplified model of resource management as informal, discretionary, and purely technical. Read More >

The New Air Permitting Program: The Role of the States

Suellen T. Keiner, Environmental Law Institute
December 1992

This report summarizes the necessary elements of a state air program for operating permits as required by Title V of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. Title V requires states to develop programs for issuing and enforcing operating permits for stationary sources of air pollution. Read More >

The Role of the Citizen in Environmental Enforcement

Margaret Bowman, Environmental Law Institute
December 1992

Drawing on the resources of citizens can enrich and strengthen the environmental enforcement process in several ways. First, citizen participation in environmental enforcement taps the direct, immediate connection between individuals and their environment. Citizens are uniquely knowledgeable about their own communities. Their day-to-day observations give them access to information about environmental conditions that the government could never obtain. Involving citizens in environmental enforcement encourages productive use of this information. Read More >

Penalties for Water Pollution Violations

Environmental Law Institute Staff
July 1992

Environmental Impact Assessment and Public Participation in the Context of Central European Environmental Decisionmaking: Report of an International Roundtable Discussion

Margaret Bowman, Environmental Law Institute
January 1992

This paper is a report on the inaugural roundtable of the series, the International Roundtable on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Public Participation in Environmental Desicionmaking. This three day roundtable, held in Wroclaw, Poland in April 1992, was a collaborative effort between ELI and the Research Group on Environmental Law, a part of the Institute for State and Law at the Polish Academy of Sciences. Read More >