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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 Framework for Understanding the Relationship Between Environmental Liability and Managerial Decisions Affecting Pollution Prevention

Environmental Law Institute
September 1993

This report analyzes the current state of several specific types of environmental liability and how managers might react to information about potential environmental liability. The report then describes the management and accounting systems typically used to provide managers with information to be used in decision making and analyzes how information about liability is used in the various management systems and identifies some problems with the way this information is used by management. Read More >

Practical Approaches to Implementing Environmental Laws: Getting from Here to There

Margaret Bowman, Environmental Law Institute
February 1993

The sweeping environmental protection goals often adopted in laws cannot be achieved overnight. The very fact that pollution controls are needed presupposes that the status quo, in which society is operating without such controls, has posed an unacceptable threat to the environment. Imposing environmental protection requirements on current operations will necessarily require significant adjustments in the behavior of individuals, government agencies, and industry. Read More >