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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.

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 >

An Analysis of State Superfund Programs: 50-State Study 1991 Update

John A. Pendergrass, Environmental Law Institute
December 1991

This 1991 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 >

Environmental Gatekeeping in State Laws

Environmental Law Institute Staff
December 1991

This report explores the use of  “gatekeeper” mechanisms as a means of enhancing the effectiveness of state environmental programs. A gatekeeper is an independent third party who is enlisted by the government to assure that regulated entities properly perform under a regulatory scheme. Several existing and one proposed state environmental gatekeeping mechanisms are described and analyzed, ranging from certifying toxic use reduction plans to managing the cleanup of hazardous waste sites. Read More >