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ELI publishes Research Reports available for free download that present the analysis and conclusions of the policy studies ELI undertakes to improve environmental law and policy. These reports contribute to education of the profession and disseminate diverse points of view and opinions to stimulate a robust and creative exchange of ideas. Those publications, which express opinions of the authors and not necessarily those of the Institute, its Board of Directors, or funding organizations, exemplify ELI’s commitment to dialogue with all sectors.

Beyond Enforcement? Enforcement, Compliance Assistance, and Corporate Leadership

Beyond Enforcement? Enforcement, Compliance Assistance, and Corporate Leadership Programs in Five Midwest States

January 2003

This study identifies the structural and management prerequisites for sound integrated environmental compliance programs. Integrated compliance programs require unified planning and management of compliance activities and rely on targeted, priority-based problem solving. Integrated compliance programs also use the full range of compliance tools such as inspections, enforcement, compliance assistance, and leadership incentives, and require careful evaluation to determine which tools produce the most effective results for solving various types of environmental problems. Read More >

State Regulation of Animal Feeding Operations:  Seven State Summaries

State Regulation of Animal Feeding Operations: Seven State Summaries

January 2003

State Regulation of Animal Feeding Operations: Seven State Summaries examines the experiences of seven states that attempted to regulate as "concentrated animal feeding operations" CAFOs under state laws and previous federal regulations. Seven states are analyzed in this report: Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Nebraska, and Oregon. The state summaries identify what facilities and operations are regulated, how they are regulated, what regulatory standards apply, and how compliance with standards is monitored and enforced. Read More >

Smart Links: Turning Conservation Dollars into Smart Growth Opportunities

James M. McElfish Jr.
December 2002

We need to improve the effectiveness of conservation investments by federal, state, and local governments. The Smart Links concept links conservation funding with techniques to promote smarter growth and compatible development on nearby lands. A Smart Links funding program has two goals: to ensure that the public Read More >

The New Public: The Globalization of Public Participation

The New Public: The Globalization of Public Participation

Carl Bruch
December 2002

The New Public: The Globalization of Public Participation, edited by ELI Senior Attorney Carl Bruch, takes a close look at the foundations of public involvement, and regional and international institutions that advance public involvement. The book, whose release coincides with the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg, South Africa, highlights cases from Africa, the Americas, Europe, and Asia, illustrating the common need and experiences in promoting a core set of principles for public input in effective decisionmaking. Read More >

An Analysis of State Superfund Programs:  50-State Study, 2001 Update

An Analysis of State Superfund Programs: 50-State Study, 2001 Update

John Pendergrass
November 2002

This report examines the cleanup programs of all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. The Study provides a snapshot of state statutes, program organizations, staffing, funding, expenditures, cleanup standards and activities, brownfields, long-term stewardship and institutional controls. Read More >