The Environmental Forum

Volume 39 Issue 3

May-June 2022

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LEAD FEATURE The Trump administration succeeded in reducing environmental criminal enforcement. Given decades of partisan infighting and under-investment, it could have been worse had not dedicated staff maintained organizational responsibilities and professional duties.

By Joshua Ozymy
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

With SIDEBARs by two law firm practitioners with roots in criminal environmental enforcement: Steve Solow and Justin Savage.

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CENTERPIECE Internationally, human rights and environmental protection have largely evolved as separate systems, with different standards and obligations. Can a new UN council resolution joining the two branches succeed with aspiration rather than enforcement?

By Deepa Badrinarayana
Fowler School of Law at Chapman University

With a SIDEBAR by Sumudu Atapattu, University of Wisconsin Law School.

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COVER STORY Filling the gap created by the absence of federal legislation, businesses with growing climate change commitments can join with U.S. government initiatives to form powerful public-private partnerships that will accelerate carbon reductions.

By Sally R. K. Fisk, Michael Mahoney and Michael Vandenbergh
Pfizer Inc., Environmental Law Institute, Vanderbilt Law School

With SIDEBARs by two experts on the business-government nexus: Avi Garbow and Bob Perciasepe.

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PROFILE EPA Assistant Administrator Radhika Fox speaks on her journey to water, the historic infrastructure law investments, and her team’s approach to managing the country’s most essential resource.

By Akielly Hu
Environmental Law Institute
The Debate: The New Toxic Substances Control Act Is Now Five Years Old: A Report

Methane is over 80 times more effective than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere, making reducing emissions crucial to slowing climate change. But satellite technologies pinpoint tens of thousands of methane sources—from oil and gas wells, to natural gas pipelines, to livestock feedlots, to landfills. We ask experts from a range of backgrounds: How can we come up with the best policies to foster innovation and cut methane from such a variety of sources?

By Mary K. Crowell, Cynthia Quaterman, Durwood Zaelke, Liz Scott, Kassie Siegel and Drew Shindell
Beveridge & Diamond PC, The Atlantic Council's Global Energy Center, Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development, American Lung Association, Center for Biological Diversity's Climate Institute, Climate and Clean Air Coalition
By: David P. Clarke

The SEC Steps Toward the Full Monty on Corporate Climate Risk Disclosures

By: Craig M. Pease

Old Dry-cleaners: Better Regulation Would Not Require More Science

By: Linda K. Breggin

Local Governments Tackle Energy Efficiency of Rental Properties

By: Sally R. K. Fisk

Performing at the Speed of Science Yields Complex Covid-19 Vaccine

By: Bethany A. Davis Noll

It Is Time to Talk About the Biden Administration’s Record in Court

By: Ethan Shenkman

Legal Issues Dominate Intersection of Climate and Energy Transition

By: Joseph E. Aldy

Valuing Pollution Reductions in Premature Mortality Risk Cuts

By: Bruce Rich

Climate ‘Madness’: Public Finance Abetting Gas and Oil in Suriname

By: Lisa Benjamin

On a Lawyer and the Disenfranchised

By: Stephen R. Dujack, By: Akielly Hu

Unspoken Security Dimensions to Nuclear Power

By: Akielly Hu

Institute Published Guide on Restoring Wetlands

By: Selah Goodson Bell

Providing Tools for Equitable Brownfield Revitalization

By: Jordan Diamond

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