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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.

Pollution Prevention and Mining: A Proposed Framework for the Americas - English Edition

Susan Bass, Environmental Law Institute
January 2000

There are compelling reasons for Inter-American collaboration in developing a hemispheric framework for pollution prevention in hard rock mining. Trade and investment in this sector are expanding. Many of the natural resources potentially threatened by mining have common characteristics or are shared by countries. Mining companies are operating as multinationals. An Inter-American approach to environmental regulation helps to set a common playing field as well as avoids the complexity of having different standards in different regions. Read More >

Pollution Prevention and Mining: A Proposed Framework for the Americas - Spanish Edition

Susan Bass, Environmental Law Institute
January 2000

The environmental impacts of hard rock mining can be highly adverse if the proper pollution prevention technology and regulatory framework are not in place and properly functioning. Pollution prevention as a strategic management principle offers the opportunity to avoid or minimize significant environmental impacts of hard rock mining while also identifying and promoting economy and efficiency in the design and operation. Read More >

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 >