In the Environmental Crimes Deskbook 2nd Edition, leading experts Judson W. Starr, Amy J. McMaster, John F. Cooney, Joseph G. Block, and David G. Dickman bring together over one centuryof combined experience in complex criminal environmental cases to create a practice-oriented reference source essential for all who work in environmental law. Familiar with the viewpoints of private practitioners and enforcement officials alike, the authors offer their expertise on how the emerging criminal and environmental law comes together.
Greatly expanding on the first edition both in breadth of issues and depth of analysis, the Environmental Crimes Deskbook 2nd Edition lays out the basic concepts of criminal environmental law and how they fit into the larger context of environmental regulation. The book is divided into three main parts. In the first, the authors discuss the history of the federal environmental crimes program; the policies and factors that DOJ, EPA, and the U.S. Attorney’s Offices consider when deciding whether to bring a criminal environmental case; and the primary means by which a case is initiated. The second part focuses on legal theory and strategy, including a detailed discussion of the knowledge element as it is applied in environmental criminal law. Here, the authors offer practice-oriented guidance, providing a detailed “how-to” guide for responding to an environmental criminal investigation as well as suggestions and issue-spotting in the pretrial, trial, and sentencing stages of a case. In the final part, the authors analyze the primary environmental statutes—including the Clean Air Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and the Toxic Substances Control Act—and provide a brief discussion of landmark cases.
In addition to the analysis, the Environmental Crimes Deskbook 2nd Edition includes extensive appendices that offer agency guidance on issues ranging from general enforcement policy, to specific EPA and DOJ investigative and prosecutorial procedures, to environmental self-audits. The appendices also present sample forms and pleadings, including search warrants, plea agreements, and jury instructions.
In a complex field where history-driven criminal law and science-based environmental law meet, the Environmental Crimes Deskbook 2nd Edition becomes an indispensable reference source for the modern practitioner.