Managing Environmental Protection and Economic Considerations Under Select U.S. Environmental Laws and Permitting Systems
Scott Fulton, John Pendergrass, and Christopher Ibrahim.
Date Released
March 2018
Managing Environmental Protection and Economic Considerations Under Select U.S.

In response to growing concerns over increased air and water pollution, by the early 1970s the United States Congress had begun enacting a series of statutes that continue to shape environmental law today, more than four decades later.  The laws authorize federal agencies to regulate air quality, water quality, the management and disposal of solid and hazardous wastes; and to protect threatened or endangered species of plants and animals. Congress, in enacting these environmental laws, knew that it was imposing significant compliance costs on regulated sectors of the economy.

Establishing a Transboundary Environmental Impact Assessment Framework for the Mekong River Basin
ELI Research staff
Date Released
July 2009

This report assesses how further development of the Draft TbEIA Framework may be informed by recommended best practices in the field of TbEIA. It also analyzes how the Draft TbEIA Framework relates to the national EIA legislation and/or administrative requirements of the MRC member countries. Section II of this report outlines TbEIA recommended best practices, based on a survey of lessons learned from international, regional, and international financial institution practice.

China Program

Since the mid-1990s, ELI has understood the critical role that China, and its 1.4 billion people, has in global environmental protection. Since that time, ELI has worked to improve environmental rule of law, enforcement, and compliance in China in partnership with Chinese NGOs, universities, law firms, businesses, judges and environmental regulators.