The Environmental Forum

Volume 36 Issue 6

November-December 2019

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NEPA at 50

SEMICENTENNIAL ❧ After a challenging start, the National Environmental Policy Act got its first set of binding regulations in 1979. The multi-stakeholder consultation we used produced nearly universal buy-in, a procedure that today would benefit those who seek to improve the law’s administrative flaws.

By Nicholas C. Yost
Dentons (retired)

With a SIDEBAR from ELI’s James McElfish.

Promises to Keep

SEMICENTENNIAL ❧ For half a century, the federal government has used NEPA to safeguard Americans from the ill effects of large-scale development. But only when its language is equitably translated into policy designed to help those communities most adversely affected are the law’s guarantees fully realized.

By Vernice Miller-Travis
Metropolitan Group

With a SIDEBAR from the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Becoming Tomorrow's Heroes

SEMICENTENNIAL ❧ As we celebrate 50 years of progress, let’s take the opportunity to recognize the often unsung achievements of women in advancing environmental protection. Building on their success, today’s female professionals are well-equipped to lead in furthering the rule of law.

By Kathy Robb
Sive, Paget & Riesel
From Institute to Institution

SEMICENTENNIAL ❧ A half century ago, a group of concerned activists called for the creation of an organization to nurture a new field called “environmental law.” Advancing policy and legal process — and the professionalism of those sworn to uphold them — were then and remain today the key ingredients in ELI’s recipe for success.

By Bud Ward
Yale Climate Connections

With 13 PROGRAM FOCUS box stories by ELI staff past and present.

The Debate: Thoughts on the Centennial Celebration

The news concerning conditions on our planet a half century from now is grim, with the effects of climate change impacting the weather, with biodiversity collapse reducing genetic resources — but also perhaps with less pollution, more protected natural areas, and a society that has achieved a state of sustainability. To assay prospects for 2069, we invited a panel of six young professionals who may still be active at the ELI/NEPA 100th anniversary.

By Adenike Adeyeye, Cory Connolly, Nathan C. Howe, Joel Reschly, Ariana Spawn and Achinthi Vithanage
California Public Utilities Commission, Michigan Clean Energy Leaders Project, McCarter & English LLP, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Oceana, George Washington University Law School
By: David P. Clarke

New ESA Rules Weaken Ability to Track If Species Are on the Brink.

By: Craig M. Pease

Question: What Would Happen If Silent Spring Were Published Today?

By: Linda K. Breggin

Cities, States Contend With Scooters — the Latest Micromobility Test.

By: Kathleen Barrón

Why Do We in Business Work to Protect the Environment?

By: Richard Lazarus

Two Cases Counter Trend of Less Importance to Environmental Law.

By: Ethan Shenkman

CEQ's Proposed Guidance on NEPA Climate Reviews Replaces Obama's.

By: Joseph E. Aldy

Evaluating Development Given Our Obligation to Future Generations.

By: Stephen R. Dujack

In late December of 1969, the Pot Was Boiling in the Nation's Capital.

By: Oliver A. Houck, By: G. Tracy Mehan III

Our reviewers team up on the best of the last half century.

By: Tom Alder

The Key Events that led to Creation of an Institution.

By: Anna Beeman

Colleagues’ new jobs, promotions, and achievements.

By: Anna Beeman

Innovation Lab poised for next half century of tech.

By: Cynthia R. Harris

Giving a green light to green streets.

By: Scott Fulton

On securing the future by building on past.