July 16, 2019

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 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:

  • 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 of 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 provided the legal foundation to CERCLA and also to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Faculty explored 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).

Faculty:
Erin Agee
, Senior Assistant Regional Counsel, CERCLA Enforcement Section, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 8
Susan Akers, Assistant Section Chief, Environmental Enforcement Section, Department of Justice
Ravi Arulanantham, Ph.D., Senior Principal Consultant, Geosyntec
Allison B. Rumsey, Partner, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Materials:
Erin Agee presentation
Susan Akers presentation
Ravi Arulanantham presentation

Allison Rumsey presentation

**See the entire Summer School 2019 schedule HERE.**