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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.

A Guidebook for Brownfield Property Owners

A Guidebook for Brownfield Property Owners

Linda Breggin, Environmental Law Institute
December 1999

This report explains the process, problems, and rewards of redeveloping brown-fields. Chapter 1 answers key questions about brownfields and discusses some of the reasons that property owners should consider cleaning up and redeveloping their brownfield proper-ties. The following chapters of the guidebook explain the brownfield cleanup and redevelopment process and the issues that property owners may need to address. Read More >

Building Capacity to Participate in Environmental Protection Agency Activities:

Building Capacity to Participate in Environmental Protection Agency Activities: A Needs Assessment and Analysis

Linda Breggin & Heidi Hallman, Environmental Law Institute
December 1999

This report examines and identifies approaches to building the capacity of communities to participate in the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) decision-making processes. The focus of this study was on individual citizens and local non-profit groups within communities that may be interested in or affected by EPA activities. Capacity was defined as the ability of a community to participate effectively in EPA activities and decision-making. Read More >

ELI Research Brief #7 - The Greening of Warfare: Developing International Law and Institutions to Limit Environmental Damage During Armed Conflict

Jay Austin & Carl Bruch, Environmental Law Institute
December 1999

Out Of Print Addressing excessive environmental damage from armed conflict has always been problematic. Jay Austin and Carl Bruch, who served as principal organizers of the First International Conference on Addressing Environmental Consequences of War, draw on the meeting`s findings to sketch out an array of possible legal solutions. Read More >

Institutional Controls: Grand Junction

John A. Pendergrass, Environmental Law Institute
December 1999

This report discusses issues surrounding the use of uranium mill tailings in water lines sewer lines and construction sites, in Grand Junction Colorado. This study analyzes the impacts of institutional controls established in the Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act (UMTRCA) of 1978. It specifically looks at the statutory requirement of annotation of land records and the voluntary nature of the UMTRA programs. Read More >

Plumbing the Future: Sewage Infrastructure Sustainability in Western Pennsylvani

Plumbing the Future: Sewage Infrastructure Sustainability in Western Pennsylvania

James M. McElfish Jr., Environmental Law Institute
December 1999

This report discusses the relationship between sewage infrastructure decisions in southwestern Pennsylvania and effects on the urban, suburban, and rural landscape of the region. The study examines ways in which laws and policies relating to sewage infrastructure investment affect four objectives. Read More >