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).
Hazardous Waste and Sites
Environmental law has brought about a sea change in how we manage waste. This session on hazardous waste and sites examined the events that led to the enactment of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). Panelists explored the legal foundation to CERCLA and also those of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Faculty addressed both the dense regulatory efforts and the simple liability efforts used to bring about this change with emphasis on:
- the definition of waste and the rules for recycling,
- the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA),
- and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA).
Margrethe Kearney, Senior Staff Attorney, Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC)
Charlotte Mooney, Chief, Cleanup Programs Branch, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, Environmental Protection Agency
Megan Roberts-Satinsky, Senior Legal Counsel, Washington Gas
**See the entire Summer School 2020 schedule HERE.**