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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.

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 >

Survey and Analysis of State Groundwater Classification Systems and Program Operations

Environmental Law Institute Staff
December 1990

This report provides an analysis of state groundwater classification systems. The first phase of the report identifies the statutory and regulatory underpinnings of each state’s classification system. The second phase gives an in-depth examination of ten state programs in order to determine the relationship of classification to groundwater protection activities. Read More >

The Greenhouse Effect: Formulating A Convention

Environmental Law Institute
December 1990

Based on the author's experience helping to organize the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and representing the United States at IPCC meetings, the report sets forth an approach to formulating a convention that is designed to gain acceptance by all the key countries. The suggested formula combines a set of initial targets for greenhouse gas emission reductions with an assessment process and a requirement that individual countries prepare national or regional strategies for addressing the problem. Read More >