Basics of the Clean Air Act (ELI Summer School, 2019)

July 9, 2019 12:00 pm — 2:00 pm
Washington, DC (and via webinar)

Each summer, ELI convenes a complimentary seminar series that offers an introduction to the legal and policy foundations of environmental protection in the United States.

ELI's Summer School is a series of brown-bag lunch seminars taught by experts in their fields, introducing the audience to the major environmental statutes (including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Clean Air Act (CAA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA)), land use law, and environmental justice. Faculty will also incorporate major regulatory and judicial updates to the laws.

Who will benefit: All are welcome. Students and emerging professionals will have unique opportunities to learn, hear updates, ask questions, and network. The series is intended for:

  • undergraduates,
  • law students and graduate students, and
  • working professionals new to or looking for a refresher course in environmental law (such as interns, summer clerks, and associates, or second-career professionals).

Basics of the Clean Air Act

The Clean Air Act (CAA) has major impacts on the environment, human health, and the economy. In 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the Clean Power Plan under the CAA, establishing the first-ever national limits to reduce carbon emissions from power plants. EPA has proposed to repeal the plan for nationwide emissions reductions, sparking court hearings around the country as stakeholders on all sides argue for both the continued use of and the repeal of the Clean Power Plan.

As the regulations of CAA continue to be at the center of developments in environmental law, this session provides both the foundations and real-world examples of CAA. Our expert faculty explored:

  • permitting programs,
  • air quality planning regulations,
  • standards for major sources, area sources, mobile sources, and
  • developments, including in the Clean Power Plan.

Sara A. Colangelo, Director, Environmental Law & Policy Program & Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown Law
E. Donald Elliott, Senior Of Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP
Martha Roberts, Senior Attorney, U.S. Climate Legal and Regulatory Program, Environmental Defense Fund

Sara Colangelo presentation
E. Donald Elliott presentation
Martha Roberts presentation

**See the entire Summer School 2019 schedule HERE.**