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 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:
- 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 EPA has repealed this plan for nationwide emissions reductions, sparking court hearings around the country. Additional rollbacks in CAA regulation and compliance are taking place in response to COVID-19.
As the regulations under the CAA continue to be at the center of developments in environmental law, this session explored both the foundations and real-world examples of the CAA. Our faculty discussed:
- permitting programs,
- air quality planning regulations,
- standards for major sources, area sources, mobile sources, and
- major developments, including in regulation of greenhouse gases.
Natasha DeJarnett, Ph.D., Interim Associate Director, National Environmental Health Association
Stacie B. Fletcher, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Larry Weinstock, Program Innovation Coordinator, Office of Air and Radiation (OAR), U.S. EPA
**See the entire Summer School 2020 schedule HERE.**