The Role of Injunctive Relief, Restoration Orders, and other Instruments in Addressing Environmental Justice Issues Through Enforcement Actions

September 26, 2022 11:00 am — 12:30 pm
Webinar Only

An ELI Public Webinar

Violations of environmental laws often result in disproportionate impacts on communities of color, low-income communities, and indigenous communities. This disparity demonstrates a need to deploy enforcement resources in ways that ensure all citizens benefit from the enforcement process. To that end, enforcement officials have increasingly prioritized the detection of environmental violations in overburdened communities and ramped up their community engagement and public participation efforts. In addition, while enforcement actions often seek penalties to recover economic benefits accrued by the violators and to deter future violations, legislatures and enforcement officials are also focusing on remedies, such as restoration orders and injunctive relief, that can help redress or compensate for the harm suffered by communities, especially those that are underserved.

In INECE’s first compliance conversation on environmental justice, participants expressed significant interest in identifying ways that compliance and enforcement programs can produce more equitable environmental outcomes. While the first conversation touched on issues related to restorative justice, this conversation will examine specific enforcement instruments and strategies being employed to address environmental harm suffered by communities.

Join ELI, INECE, and a panel of experts to reflect on how injunctive orders, restoration orders, and other approaches provide tangible benefits to affected communities by mitigating the impacts of violations, restoring environmental conditions, obtaining compensation for the impacts of violations, and strengthening deterrence mechanisms to break the cycle of environmental injustice.

Seema Kakade
,  Associate Professor, University of Maryland Law School and Director, Environmental Law Clinic, Moderator
Deb Hollingworth, Principal Solicitor of Environmental Justice Regulatory Standards & Enforcement, Environment Protection Authority, Victoria, Australia
Tessa Allen, Attorney Advisor, U.S. EPA, Office of Civil Enforcement, Crosscutting Policy Staff
Carol S. Holmes, Senior Counsel, U.S. EPA, Office of Civil Enforcement, Crosscutting Policy Staff
Eric Nelson, Attorney, U.S. EPA, Office of Criminal Enforcement, Forensics and Training, Legal Counsel Division
Cristóbal De La Maza Guzmán, Professor, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and Principal Investigator, Universidad San Sebastián

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