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The Environmental Forum®

The Environmental Forum

VOLUME 31, NUMBER 6

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2014


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Fresh Water, Fresh Approaches

Fresh Water, Fresh Approaches

HEADNOTE: All sectors — government, business, utilities, environmental advocates, and consumers — need to come together to resolve the world’s emerging crisis in water quality and quantity, a fundamental human right and a necessary resource for society as a whole.

By Erin Bullard and Gabriel Eckstein
Houston Law Center and Texas A&M University

With a SIDEBAR by Lester Snow of the California Water Foundation

   
Teaching the Business Case

Teaching the Business Case

HEADNOTE: Environmental, health, and safety managers must educate their company that if the firm addresses only compliance, it has an incomplete EHS system. But if it has a risk-based regime integrated into the corporate culture, compliance, and greater profitability, will follow.

By Frank B. Friedman and James K. Vines
Frank B. Friedman and Associates and King and Spalding

With a SIDEBAR by Alan B. Horowitz of AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals

   
Attitude & Latitude

Attitude & Latitude

HEADNOTE: Practical advice on how to successfully navigate the emerging, dynamic, and important area of corporate social responsibility and companies’ role in, and obligations to, sustainable development.

By James N. Cahan and Jason E. James
Northwestern University and University of Chicago

With a SIDEBAR by David Etzwiler of the Siemens Foundation

   
Testimony | When Comity and<br />
Consensus Prevailed

Testimony | When Comity and Consensus Prevailed

HEADNOTE: Leon G. Billings (seated) and Thomas C. Jorling were congressional staff present at the creation of the first modern environmental laws, a time when bipartisanship was not just a catchword but the engine that propelled bills reflecting public will and concern into durable law.

   
The Forum | 'Waters of the United States'

The Forum | “Waters of the United States”

HEADNOTE: Supreme Court rulings have left “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act without a good understanding as to its meaning. During the Bush administration, there was an attempt to define the term administratively, but the Environmental Protection Agency’s Water Office gave up the task when the White House ordered the agency to stand down in the face of concerns expressed by conservation interests. Into the breach moved the Obama EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers when they announced a rulemaking, now in progress, to define the term. At press time the agencies were just concluding public comment, and a final rule will be due in several months.

   

THE FEDERAL BEAT

By David P. Clarke

Groups tangle over wording of proposed rule meant to clarify federal jurisdiction.

FAST FORWARD

By Ann Klee

Improved fossil fuel efficiency can achieve immediate benefits, outpacing renewables.

AROUND THE STATES

By Linda K. Breggin

States are on the front lines for managing aquifers, which are increasingly at risk.

SCIENCE AND THE LAW

By Craig M. Pease

I doubt our political and legal institutions will produce a solution for climate change.

IN THE COURTS

By Richard Lazarus

Environmental law’s history bears witness to Joe Sax’s and David Sive’s eternal wisdom.

A VIEW FROM THE EU

By Gabrielle Williamson

Changes in the European Commission will affect environment, health, and safety.

AN ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVE

By Robert N. Stavins

Cap-and-trade was collateral damage in a much larger political war.

NOTICE & COMMENT

By Stephen R. Dujack

On a motor trip to New Jersey, signs that environmental progress is moved by markets.

IN THE LITERATURE

By G. Tracy Mehan III

On the book on jobs.

ELI REPORT

By Brett Kitchen

Researchers on top of the Marcellus Shale.

FORUM@ELI.ORG

Lawyer claims reviewer’s article is a fish story.

MOVERS & SHAKERS

ELI Founder Fred Anderson dead at 73.

RESEARCH BRIEF

By John Pendergrass

To judge by our Judicial Education Programs, local partners are happy.

CLOSING STATEMENT

By John C. Cruden

On ELI’s international work.