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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 1990 Update

John A. Pendergrass, Environmental Law Institute
December 1990

This 1990 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 Strategies for Promoting Effective Radon Mitigation

Environmental Law Institute Staff
December 1990

This study is the first to evaluate the effectiveness of the awareness campaign to promote appropriate protective responses to radon exposure. The report includes implications of this campaign for public policy concerning radon and related risks. Read More >

Enhancing State Superfund Capabilities: Nine State Study

Environmental Law Institute Staff
December 1990

Nine state hazardous substance cleanup programs were studied in depth in 1989 to determine what elements of funding, enforcement, program organization and other factors are important to state capabilities. Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Texas were studied in this report. Part I synthesizes the results across states and draws conclusions concerning means of enhancing programs. Part II reports on each of the states studied and shows how program features combine in the context of operating programs. Read More >

Implementation of the "Swampbuster" Provisions of the Food Security Act of 1987

Environmental Law Institute Staff
December 1990

In 1985, Congress enacted “swampbuster” provisions as a part of the Food Security Act in order to discourage further conversion of wetlands to agriculture. This report, funded by the EPA, discusses inefficiencies in the current program and offers procedural and technical reforms to the swampbuster provisions. Read More >

Keeping New Jersey Safe: A Citizen's Handbook on New Jersey's Community Safety Program

Environmental Law Institute Staff
December 1990

This handbook describes New Jersey Read More >