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 important areas of environmental law, including the Clean Air Act (CAA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), climate change law, energy law, 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
Originally enacted in 1963, the Clean Air Act (CAA) is the primary federal law regulating air emissions from stationary and mobile sources. It has major impacts on the environment, human health, and the economy. It still faces challenges in court—a notable example of this is the recent West Virginia v. EPA case decided last year, which addressed the EPA’s authority under the Clean Air Act to set emissions limits for power plants based on generation shifting. The Biden administration is also proposing stricter federal emissions standards this year under the CAA for vehicles.
As regulations under the CAA continue to be at the center of developments in environmental law, this session will explore both the foundations and some real-world examples of the Clean Air Act. Our expert faculty will dive into:
- permitting programs,
- air quality planning regulations,
- standards for major sources, area sources, and mobile sources,
- and major developments, including regulation of greenhouse gases under the Biden administration.
A recording of this session will be posted to this page, usually within three business days of the live event.