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The Environmental Forum

VOLUME 32, NUMBER 1

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2015


The Marketplace as Policy Innovator

The Marketplace as Policy Innovator

HEADNOTE: The proposed power plant rule shows how EPA is using its authority to convene business and its various stakeholders to plan beyond controlling pollution from individual products and sources to value chain approaches that incorporate flexibility and innovation.

By Terry F. Yosie
World Environment Center

With a SIDEBAR by Andrew Hutson of the Environmental Defense Fund

   
New Congress, Old Problems

New Congress, Old Problems

HEADNOTE: Fights over the administration’s greenhouse gas rules loom on Capitol Hill, and prospects for progress on important issues like reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act and promoting energy legislation are similarly dim.

By Jeremy Bernstein
Inside EPA

   
Time for a Restatement

Time for a Restatement

HEADNOTE: After a quarter century of statutory stagnation, the American Law Institute needs to address environmental laws, regulations, and judicial decisions to clarify and solidify the consensus to date and the need for evolution to address emerging threats.

By Tracy Hester, Robert Percival, Irma Russell, Victor Flatt, and
Joel Mintz

With a SIDEBAR by Dan Tarlock of Chicago-Kent College of Law

   
Testimony | Government as a Force for Good in People’s Lives

Testimony | Government as a Force for Good in People’s Lives

HEADNOTE: At ELI’s annual Award Dinner, the introducer, Representative Henry A. Waxman, and the honoree, Mary D. Nichols, who shared the prize with the state of California, regaled the audience of environmental professionals with an invocation to service in protecting natural resources and public health.

   
The Forum | State Leadership in Environmental Protection

The Forum | State Leadership in Environmental Protection

HEADNOTE: This year’s ELI–Miriam Hamilton Keare Policy Forum examined the inherent tension underlying state-federal partnerships and inconsistencies in state approaches to cooperative federalism. Louis Brandeis once spoke of states as the “laboratories of democracy.” However, it is apparent that states are not at all united in their views regarding a proper leadership role. Several states, like California and New Jersey, are at the forefront when it comes to environmental regulation of toxics and hazardous substances. Other states are more hesitant to take an aggressive approach or believe in a more restrained role for government in environmental protection.

   

THE FEDERAL BEAT

By David P. Clarke

The government’s response to bee colony collapse is over due, but will it be enough?

FAST FORWARD

By Ann Klee

Big Data and the Industrial Internet are driving improvements in resource productivity.

AROUND THE STATES

By Linda K. Breggin

Should the states lead on public alert requirements, or is this a federal matter?

SCIENCE AND THE LAW

By Craig M. Pease

Both endocrine disruptors and malnutrition interfere with DNA’s bookmarks.

IN THE COURTS

By Richard Lazarus

The 1984 decision could control cases before the Court, and could end up being upended soon.

THE DEVELOPING WORLD

By Bruce Rich

Large-scale hydropower projects ignore the environmental lessons of the past half century.

AN ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVE

By Robert N. Stavins

The greatest opportunity in 20 years to make progress on climate change.

NOTICE & COMMENT

By Stephen R. Dujack

How modifications in the jet stream might prevent climate solutions from working.

IN THE LITERATURE

By Oliver Houck

On the fish and the highway.

ELI REPORT

By Brett Kitchen

Nichols, state of California receive ELI Award.

RESEARCH BRIEF

By Adam Schempp

Big news and bad news: the drought in
the southwestern United States.

CLOSING STATEMENT

By John C. Cruden

On lessons from history.