The Environmental Forum

Volume 41 Issue 2

March-April 2024

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Cancer Alley

OPENING ARGUMENT The nose is a sensitive instrument for detecting chemicals. EPA can take advantage, making progress in public health protection, and improving quality of life for those who already shoulder a disproportionate share of the burdens associated with industrial society.

By Adam Babich
Tulane University

With a SIDEBAR from Patrick D. Traylor of Vinson & Elkins

Lab Report

LAB REPORT Chemical testing must evolve if it is to meet growing demand for data. A new system centered on human biology will result in the harm of fewer animals and be less expensive, faster, and more predictive. Testing using non-animal, human-relevant methods would also better protect public and environmental health.

By Sherman McFarland, Rebecca Critser and Paul Locke
Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

With a SIDEBAR by Jennifer Sass of the Natural Resources Defense Council

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COVER STORY A super-majority of justices hostile toward environmental protection has seized control of the Supreme Court, which once played a major and affirmative role in the development, implementation, and enforcement of pollution control and natural resources law.

By Robert Percival
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

With SIDEBARs by Abigail Dillen of Earthjustice and Sarah E. Hunt of the Rainey Center


TESTIMONY These recreational corridors serve an important transportation role, keeping cars and trucks off the road as users commute, stroll, work out, shop, tour, and go about their daily business.

By Peter Harnik
The Debate: The New Toxic Substances Control Act Is Now Five Years Old: A Report

With demands to eliminate climate change-inducing carbon emissions gaining urgency, nuclear energy is enjoying renewed if controversial support worldwide and domestically. In the United States, lawmakers and policymakers are aware that the technology has important downsides, including waste disposal and reactor safety. But now some are arguing that an energy source with virtually no air emissions deserves a new look, particularly with advanced designs on the drawing board that aim to address these and other problems.

By Kathryn Huff, Jon-Michael Murray, Edwin Lyman and Jackie Toth
Department of Energy, Clean Air Task Force, Union of Concerned Scientists, Good Energy Collective
By: David P. Clarke

EPA Methane Rule Among Many Steps on COP28’s Long Journey.

By: Craig M. Pease

Forever Chemicals: Wherein Law, Science Confront the Same Problem.

By: Linda K. Breggin

EPA Local Government Advisory Committee to Tackle Key Issues.

By: Ethan Shenkman

Greentech Conference Highlights Long Road for Energy Transition.

By: Bethany A. Davis Noll

The Court Takes Up Cross-State Air Again—but on Shadow Docket.

By: Bob Sussman

Some Climate Progress During Biden’s Term, but Not Enough.

By: Joseph E. Aldy

Carbon Trading Through Public-Private Initiatives in Global South.

By: Stephen R. Dujack

Carbon Dioxide Removal Is Facing a Reality Check.

By: G. Tracy Mehan III

On Water as a Social and Economic Asset

By: ELI Staff

See Colleagues' Job Changes and Honors Received.

By: Nick Collins

150 North American Women Join Water Diplomacy.

By: Cecilia Diedrich

New Approaches to Combatting Plastic Pollution.