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VOLUME 31, NUMBER 5

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2014


Regulating for Sustainability

Regulating for Sustainability

HEADNOTE: EPA’s history shows that it is possible. It will take long-term, concerted effort. But we believe that the principles of sustainability can be embedded in the agency’s rules, guidance, permitting, and enforcement programs.

By George Wyeth and Beth Termini
Environmental Protection Agency and the Horinko Group

   
A Responsibility to Mitigate

A Responsibility to Mitigate

HEADNOTE:Notwithstanding the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities, developing countries are required to prevent significant transboundary harm because this customary obligation is equally binding for rich and poor nations alike.

By Elena Kosolapova
Amsterdam Center for Environmental Law and Sustainability

   
The Nutrient Wars

The Nutrient Wars

HEADNOTE: States battle with green organizations, regulated industry, cities, agriculture, and the federal Environmental Protection Agency over promulgating Clean Water Act criteria for pollution from nitrogen and phosphorus.

By Richard Schwartz and David Chung
Crowell & Moring LLP

With a SIDEBAR by Nathan Gardner-Andrews of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies

   
Testimony | An Environmentalist’s Story

Testimony | An Environmentalist’s Story

HEADNOTE: James Gustave “Gus” Speth was a founder of organizations and an early leader in the foundation of environmental law as a field. Herein he tells his story of the past and his concerns about the future, in an excerpt from his memoir Angels by the River, due out in November from Chelsea Green Publishing.

   
The Forum | Which Is the Most Important Environmental Statute?

The Forum | Which Is the Most Important Environmental Statute?

HEADNOTE: Herein we assemble a group of the foremost experts on a suite of statutes, asking each to make the case that a specific act has proven to be the most important federal law in attacking the nation’s pollution and resource problems. The Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, CERCLA/RCRA, the National Environmental Policy Act, and the Administrative Procedure Act — each can be shown to be critical in preserving the biosophere.

   

THE FEDERAL BEAT

By David P. Clarke

Reductions in funding along with mandates to reduce carbon dioxide abatement rules.

FAST FORWARD

By Ann Klee

Prioritizing our efforts based on risk and where our involvement can have the most impact.

AROUND THE STATES

By Linda K. Breggin

States are literally all over the map in responding to climate threats.

SCIENCE AND THE LAW

By Craig M. Pease

Where on Earth is this excess energy going? If not the atmosphere, look in the oceans.

IN THE COURTS

By Richard Lazarus

The Chamber of Commerce describes the havoc that would occur absent higher review.

THE DEVELOPING WORLD

By Bruce Rich

The country has an outstanding legacy of agricultural biodiversity.

AN ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVE

By Robert N. Stavins

Direct climate benefits a jurisdiction reaps will be less than the costs it incurs.

NOTICE & COMMENT

By Stephen R. Dujack

We are lucky to live on a planet that still sutains and nurtures life.

IN THE LITERATURE

By G. Tracy Mehan III

On financing the next wave.

ELI REPORT

By Brett Kitchen

Leadership Council takes a power trip.

RESEARCH BRIEF

By Alejandra Rabasa

Climate and resource protection for indigenous communities in Mexico.

CLOSING STATEMENT

By John C. Cruden

On California Dreamin’.