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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.

Community Environmental Health Assessment Workbook: A Guide to Evaluating Your Community's Health and Finding Ways to Improve It

Paul Locke, Suellen T. Keiner & Devon Payne-Sturges, Environmental Law Institute
December 2000

This Workbook will help community leaders, local organizers, and citizens groups assess environmental health problems in their neighborhoods and assist them in tackling these problems. It outlines an approach to identifying problems, gathering information, and establishing the community`s priorities for improving the environmental health of its residents. Examples for Washington, D.C. serve as illustrations and possible examples. Residents of other cities and localities can find equivalent resources and data within their own communities. Read More >

Forests for the Bay

Forests for the Bay

James M. McElfish Jr., Environmental Law Institute
December 2000

Forests are vital to the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Policy makers and the public are now recognizing the role the Bay's forests play in helping to maintain water quality, air quality, watershed health and resilience, living resources, economic productivity, and the region’s quality of life. The new Chesapeake Bay Agreement signed in June 2000 commits Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, the District of Columbia, the Chesapeake Bay Commission, and federal agencies to take actions that will "promote the expansion and connection of contiguous forests" in the Bay watershed. Read More >

Libraries as a Community Resource for Environmental Information

Linda Breggin, Environmental Law Institute
September 2000

Following the 1999 study, ELI began work on the second phase of its research which focused on whether a collaboration between EPA and the public libraries could serve to increase capacity of communities to participate in EPA activities. Read More >

Opportunities for Public Involvement in NOAA's Natural Resources Damage Assessment and Restoration Efforts: Case Studies of the Hudson River PCB Contamination and the Tampa Bay Oil Spill

Suellen T. Keiner & John A. Pendergrass, Environmental Law Institute
September 2000

This study examines two NRDA cases -- contamination of the Hudson River with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and the 1993 Tampa Bay oil spill -- and identifies public participation strategies that DAC may choose to implement for future NRDA efforts. Read More >

Grandfathering, New Source Review, and NOx- Making Sense of a Flawed System

Byron Swift, Environmental Law Institute
July 2000

This article, which originally appeared in the July 21, 2000, issue of Environment Reporter, examines the current "end-of-pipe" methods of reducing NOx emissions and suggests that a better method would be investing in new, combined cycle natural gas plants, cogeneration and efficiency gains. The second approach would not only reduce NOx emissions but other pollutants as well. Read More >