July 6, 2021

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:

  • 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).

Basics of the Clean Air Act

The Clean Air Act (CAA) has major impacts on the environment, human health, and the economy. In 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the Clean Power Plan under the CAA, establishing the first-ever national limits to reduce carbon emissions from power plants. Following rollbacks in CAA regulation and compliance under the Trump administration, some of which took place in response to COVID-19, the new administration has highlighted the goal of addressing clean air and carbon issues will be high in agency priorities.

As the regulations under the CAA continue to be at the center of developments in environmental law, this session explores both the foundations and real-world examples of the CAA. Our expert faculty will dive into:

  • permitting programs
  • air quality planning regulations
  • standards for major sources, area sources, mobile sources
  • major developments, including in regulation of greenhouse gases under the Biden administration

Panelists:
Sara Colangelo, Director, Environmental Law & Justice Clinic, Georgetown University Law Center, Moderator
Rachel Levick Corley, Associate Attorney, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
Gary E. Steinbauer, Shareholder, Babst, Calland, Clements and Zomnir, P.C. 

Materials:
Sara Colangelo presentation
Rachel Levick Corley presentation
Gary E. Steinbauer presentation

Recordings of Summer School sessions are usually posted w/in 48 hours.

**See the entire Summer School 2021 schedule HERE.**