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Introduction to Environmental Law: Cases & Materials on Water Pollution Control

Introduction to Environmental Law: Cases & Materials on Water Pollution Control


Ann Powers, Jeffrey G. Miller, Nancy Long Elder
Price: $119.95

Release Date: 

August 2008






The study of water pollution control regulation is a study of statutes and their administration. This casebook explores water pollution and the federal statute chiefly designed to control it, the Clean Water Act, and examines how water pollution is addressed, first by the common law and then by statute. An introduction provides the student with an understanding of what constitutes water pollution, where it originates, and how it can be controlled. These materials were originally designed for the introductory course in environmental regulation/environmental law at Pace Law School. A Teachers Manual includes exercises that teach students advanced legal research, familiarity with administrative law mechanisms, and the ability to integrate what they have learned about the Clean Water Act.

About the Author

Jeffrey G. Miller is Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at Pace Law School. He previously served as its Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Associate Dean of Environmental Programs. He has focused his teaching and scholarship primarily on water pollution, hazardous waste management, enforcement of environmental law, and citizen suits. He has written three books, several chapters and numerous articles on these and related subjects. He wrote much of the material that developed into this book to teach Pace Law School’s introductory course in environmental law and has taught that course many times. He was the faculty advisor to Pace’s National Environmental Moot Court Competition at its inception, has continued in that capacity most years since, and has written the majority of the problems for the Competition. He serves on the board of directors of the Pace Environmental Law Clinic.

Before he joined the Pace faculty in 1987, Professor Miller spent ten years with the Environmental Protection Agency and ten years in private practice. He began his EPA career as Enforcement Branch Chief and Enforcement Division Director in EPA’s Boston office and subsequently joined its Washington, D.C. office, where he served as Deputy Assistant Administrator for Water Enforcement and then acted as its Assistant Administrator for Enforcement from 1979 to 1981. He practiced environmental law as a partner in Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson & Hand and in Bergson, Borkland, Margolis & Adler, both in Washington D.C. He was subsequently Of Counsel to Perkins Coie for several years. He began his legal career as an associate in Bingham, Dana & Gould in Boston.

Professor Miller has served as Treasurer and on the board of directors of the Environmental Law Institute and as an advisor to its Environmental Law Reporter. He served on the boards of directors of two corporations engaged in the management of hazardous waste. He has testified on issues of environmental law before subcommittees of the United States Senate, the House of Representatives, and state legislatures, as well as an expert witness in state and federal courts and private arbitrations. He has lectured on and taught environmental law throughout the United States and in Europe, South America and Asia. He is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School, where he was a research associate for a year after his graduation.

Ann Powers is a faculty member of the Center for Environmental Legal Studies where her teaching and scholarship focus on water quality, wetland protection, water pollution trading programs, and coastal and ocean issues. She has taught Pace Law School’s foundation Environmental Skills and Practice course on which this book is based for over ten years. Until joining the Center in 1995, she was Vice President and General Counsel of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, where she supervised the Foundation’s pollution control advocacy program. Professor Powers also served as a senior trial attorney in the Environmental Enforcement Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, handling both civil and criminal cases, and as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia.

Professor Powers has testified on numerous occasions before the United States Senate and House of Representatives, and state legislatures and commissions, and has served on many national and international boards and panels. She is a member of the World Conservation Union’s (IUCN) Commission on Environmental Law, and chairs the Land-Based Pollution Subcommittee of the Commission’s Oceans, Coasts & Coral Reefs Specialist Group. She is a director of the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic. Professor Powers is a graduate of Indiana University and Georgetown University Law Center, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas A. Flannery, U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia.

Nancy Long Elder was an Associate Professor at Pace University School of Law. A member of the environmental law faculty from 1984 to 1994, Professor Long Elder developed and taught a seminar on toxic torts and was the founding chair of the Toxic Tort Committee of the Environmental Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. Prior to joining the Pace faculty, Professor Long Elder taught at the University of Maryland Law School, directing a clinical law program providing advocacy for childhood victims of lead poisoning. Professor Long Elder also served as a Trial Attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, focusing on wetland protection litigation. She was an Assistant Attorney General, representing the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Waste Management and Community Health Administrations. In private practice, she represented corporate, individual and public interest clients on environmental and toxic tort matters. Professor Long Elder is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and Knox College. She clerked for the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.