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Linda Breggin

Linda Breggin
Senior Attorney; Director, Southeast Environmental Programs
(202) 558-3102

Linda Breggin is a Senior Attorney and Co-Director of the Agriculture Law and Policy Center. Her work includes research and convenings on programs under several of the major federal environmental laws, including the Comprehensive Environmental, Response, Compensation, and Liability Act and the Clean Water Act. Breggin is located in Nashville, Tennessee and works on Southeastern regional environmental projects, in addition to national issues. In collaboration with Vanderbilt University Law School, she leads the Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review, which identifies innovative environmental law and policy ideas from the academic literature and presents them to policy makers and practitioners. She also writes the “Around the States” column for The Environmental Forum, ELI’s award-winning policy journal. In addition, she serves as the Project Coordinator for the Nashville Food Waste Initiative, a project of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Prior to joining ELI in 1997, Breggin served as an Associate Director in the White House Office on Environmental Policy and as a Special Assistant to the Assistant Administrator for Enforcement at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She also served as Counsel to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Transportation and Hazardous Materials of the U.S. House of Representatives. In addition, Breggin was in private practice in Washington, DC.

Media Guide


  • Chemicals: Toxic Substance Control Act reform; nanotechnology governance
  • Enforcement: environmental enforcement under state and federal laws
  • Industrial Agriculture: water and air pollution; climate; food waste
  • Toxic Waste: Superfund law; brownfields cleanup and redevelopment; toxics release inventory; environmental justice
  • Water: point source and nonpoint source pollution


  • J.D., University of Chicago, 1988
  • B.A., Tulane University, 1984

Selected Publications

  • Columnist, Around the States, (The Environmental Forum 2011- present).
  • Co-author, Big Data Enabling Big Protection for the Environment, Chapter in Big Data Big Challenges in Evidence-Based Policy-Making, K. Jayasuriya (West 2015).
  • Co-Author, Tackling the Problem of CAFOs and Climate Change:  A New Path to Improved Animal Welfare?” Chapter in What Can Animal Law Learn from Environmental Law, R. Abate ed. (ELI 2015).
  • Co-Author, Trends in Environmental Law Scholarship 2008-2014, 45 ELR 10731 (2015).
  • Co-Author and Co-Editor, Citizen Action Handbook on Watershed Assessment and Restoration (Tennessee Environmental Council 2015).
  • Co-Author, Big Data and the Environment: A Survey of Initiatives and Observations Moving Forward, 44 ELR 10984 (2014).
  • Co-Author, Big Data and Environmental Protection: An Initial Survey of Public and Private Initiatives (ELI 2014).  
  • Co-Author, Trends in Environmental Law Scholarship 2008-2013, 44 ELR 10657 (2014).
  • Co-Author, Farm Policy and Environmental Protection: It’s Time to Raise the Bar, Harvard Environmental Law Review Blog Post (April 2014).
  • Author/Editor, Interviews with Private Governance Experts, 44 ELR 10102 (2014).
  • Co-Author, It’s Time to Put a Price Tag on the Environmental Impacts of Commodity Crop Agriculture, ELR (2013).
  • Co-Author, Subsidies with Responsibilities:  Placing Stewardship and Disclosure Conditions on Government Payments to Large-Scale Commodity Crop Operations, 37 Harvard Environmental Law Review 487(2013).