Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining in Nigeria: Recommendations to Address Mercury and Lead Exposure
Environmental Law Institute
Date Released
November 2014

This assessment examines the legal and policy challenges underpinning the informal artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) sector in Nigeria. The assessment presents legal, institutional, and financial recommendations designed to improve long-term health and environmental outcomes from the ASGM process. These recommendations are intended to accelerate the formalization of artisanal miners in order to encourage the development and dissemination of best mining practices.

Homeland Security and Drinking Water: An Opportunity for Comprehensive Protection of a Vital Natural Resource
Date Released
October 2003
Homeland Security and Drinking Water:  An Opportunity for Comprehensive Protecti

Fact Sheet on Selected Environmental Authorities Relevant to Homeland Security Presents examples of federal environmental laws their potential applicability to homeland security issues.

Fact Sheet on Opportunities for Constructive Interaction Identifies five areas for constructive interaction – water ifrastructure, public engagement, public health, technological advances, and emergency preparedness.

Safe Drinking Water Workshop for Consumers
Suellen T. Keiner, Environmental Law Institute
Date Released
December 1997

The Environmental Law Institute convened a one-day workshop on May 6, 1997 to allow citizens in the Washington, DC area to discuss the new community right-to-know amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act. The objectives of the workshop were to: (1) develop citizen awareness about drinking water quality issues; (2) help state and local governments understand the information needs of citizens who want to learn more about the quality of their drinking water; and (3) help water companies prepare user-friendly information about the quality of drinking water.

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
Date Released
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.

Major Retailer Lauded for Demanding Credible Fishery Certification
July 2013

(Washington, DC) — The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) congratulates Walmart on its recent decision to limit purchases of Alaska salmon to that portion of the fishery that is certified by the Marine Stewardship Council. Walmart says that it does not consider other certification systems, including the Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification used by some Alaska suppliers, to be consistent with the MSC. ELI agrees.

Ecolabelling Guidelines Misused as Certification Standards
July 2012

(Washington, DC) — The Environmental Law Institute today released a study clarifying that international fisheries and aquaculture ecolabelling codes of conduct and guidelines cannot be used as seafood certification standards. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) maintains a Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries Management designed to assist governments in creating fisheries management policy, as well as institutional and substantive guidelines that provide a framework for the proper structure and operation of seafood ecolabelling and certification systems.