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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.

An Analysis of State Superfund Programs: 50-State Study 1995 Update

John A. Pendergrass, Environmental Law Institute
January 1996

This 1995 update to our popular series, the study examines the cleanup programs of all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. The study provides a snapshot of state statutes, program organization, staffing, funding, expenditures, cleanup standards, and cleanup activities. Read More >

An Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the International Joint Commission

Environmental Law Institute Staff
December 1995

This report examines the International Joint Commission’s existing approaches to protecting shared boundary water resources, evaluates its effectiveness in doing so, and identifies specific, practical proposals for strengthening its capacity to achieve environmental protection. Read More >

Building on the Blueprint: How Virginia's Communities Are Implementing Sustainable Development

Suellen T. Keiner & Nancy Golubiewski, Environmental Law Institute
December 1995

This report now provides a follow-up to the Blueprint and reviews the status of various community efforts throughout the Commonwealth to protect natural resources and enhance both economic health and quality of life. Unfortunately, the Virginia Task Force on Sustainable Development concluded its deliberations without making any recommendations about how the Commonwealth can implement sustainable development. Nevertheless, a number of sustainability projects are already under way in Virginia. Read More >

ELI Research Brief #5 - Turning Points: The Development-Environment Relationship

Anne S. Forrest, Environmental Law Institute
December 1995

Can countries outgrow their environmental problems? Some policy makers believe development may help a country`s environment, contrary to conventional wisdom. Pollution may increase at first, they say, but eventually a society will become rich enough to invest in control measures and there will be a "turning point," leading to a drop. But ELI`s Turning Points declares that it is not yet possible to tell whether countries may be able to outgrow their problems. Read More >

Environmental Technology Verification: A Study of Stakeholders Attitudes

Environmental Law Institute Staff
December 1995

This report analyzes stakeholder attitudes about key issues concerning the verification of innovative environmental technologies, addressing such questions as: Would verification make a difference in the purchase of innovative environmental technology by technologies purchasers and users? Would verification make a difference in the approval of innovative environmental technologies by state and federal permit reviewers and regulators? This study includes a review of verification models as well as policy recommendations based on the results of the stakeholder survey. Read More >