Hazardous Waste and Sites (ELI Summer School, 2017)

July 20, 2017 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 NEPA, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, TSCA, RCRA, and CERCLA) and land use law. 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).


Hazardous Waste and Sites

Environmental law has brought about a sea change in how we manage waste. Faculty explored both the dense regulatory efforts and the simple liability efforts used to bring about this change with emphasis on:

  • the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and
  • the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA).

The speakers discussed events that led to the enactment of CERCLA and addressed uncertainties that still exist in RCRA, such as the definition of waste and the rules for recycling.

Jeff Davidson, Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Adam Riedel, Supervising Clinical Fellow, Georgetown Law Center Institute for Public Representation

Jeff Davidson presentation (CERCLA)
Adam Riedel presentation (RCRA)

**See the entire Summer School 2017 schedule HERE.**