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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.

Mapping the Energy-Water Policy Landscape

Mapping the Energy-Water Policy Landscape

James M. McElfish, Jr., Read Porter, and Adam Schempp
August 2010

This publication identifies the laws and policies that affect water use in the energy sector within the United States. Water quality and quantity are integral to many energy production activities. Most thermoelectric power generation plants require substantial amounts of water for steam generation and cooling, while disposal of combustion byproducts raises issues of water quality. Likewise, the extraction of oil and natural gas using enhanced recovery techniques, and handling of injected and produced water, raise state and federal concerns for oil, gas, and geothermal energy production. Read More >

NEPA Success Stories: Celebrating 40 Years of Transparency and Open Government

NEPA Success Stories: Celebrating 40 Years of Transparency and Open Government

The Partnership Project, the Grand Canyon Trust, and the Environmental Law Institute
August 2010

This report presents 13 vignettes of how the National Environmental Policy Act helped improve government decisionmaking through public comment and vetting ideas with other agencies. This is a joint project of the Environmental Law Institute along with the Grand Canyon Trust and the Partnership Project. Read More >

Status and Trends in State Invasive Species Policy: 2002-2009

Status and Trends in State Invasive Species Policy: 2002-2009

Read D. Porter, Susan Graham, and Akiva Fishman
May 2010

Status and Trends in State Invasive Species Policy: 2002-2009 reviews developments in state laws and regulations governing invasive species in eleven states. It finds that invasive species laws and regulations are often fragmented and incomplete and have developed primarily on a species-by-species basis in response to crisis. As a result, they often fail to address potential future invaders or close off known invasion pathways. Read More >

Habitat Conservation Opportunities in Natural Hazard Areas

David Salvesen, Ryan Winterberg-Lipp and Peter Zambito, Institute for the Environment, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Rebecca Kihslinger, Environmental Law Institute
January 2010

The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) and the University of North Carolina Institute for the Environment (IE) have released a report identifying opportunities to coordinate habitat conservation and hazard mitigation planning in areas at risk of flooding and other natural hazards. Read More >