Environmental and Occupational Law ENVS 203-xxx
Text: Environmental Law (Fourth or Fifth Edition).....by
Nancy K. Kubasek and Gary S. Silverman
Office Hrs: T/Th 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Tel.
The Sources of Environmental Law and the Policy-Making Process.
The Litigation Process and Alternative Methods for
Administrative Law and Its Impact on the Environment
A Closer Look Into Environmental Law and Policy: National Environmental Policy Act, Pollution Prevention Act
Air Quality Control - The Major Air Pollutants; Airborne Toxins; Some Significant Air Quality Control Problems; The Initial Approach to Air Quality Control; The Current Approach to Air Quality Control; The 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments; Solutions Beyond the Clean Air Act.
Water Quality Control - The Major Water Pollutants; Some Significant Water Quality Problems; Protecting Water through Government Actions.
Case Study/Quiz 2
Controlling Toxic Substances, OSHA Requirements -Identification of Potentially Toxic Substances; Federal Regulation of Toxic Substances; Toxic Torts.
Waste Management and Hazardous Releases; More On OSHA -Waste Control Techniques; The Problem with Waste; Requirements for Managing Waste; CERCLA: An Overview; Emergency Response to Plans and Right to Know; Federal Response to Contaminated Sites; Underground Storage Tank Program.
Energy and Natural Resources -Energy Policy: A Historical Overview; Energy Consumption; Coal: The Oldest Energy Source; Petroleum and Natural Gas Nuclear Energy; Renewable Fuels; Protecting Public Lands; Wetlands, Estuaries, and Coastal Areas; Endangered Species.
International Law - The Need for International Environmental Law; The Nature
of International Law; Sources of International Environmental
Law; Institutions That Effectuate and Influence International Environmental Law; Addressing Specific International
Environmental Problems; The Future of International
*Cases for Case Study
Tanner v. Aramco Steel Corp.
- Oregon Waste Systems, Inc. v. Dept. Of Environmental
- Quality of the State of Oregon.
- Sierra Club v. Morton
- Citizens to Preserve Overton Park v. Volpe
- Village of Wilsonville v. S.C.A. Services, Inc.
- National Environmental Policy Act
- National Resources Defense Council v. Morton
- American Paper Institute v. EPA
- Union Electric Co. V. EPA
- Environmental Defense Fund and National Audubon Society v. EPA
ARTICLES ON ENVIRONMENTAL RACISM
1 - Environmental Racism Fact or Fiction? Everyone’s Backyard; Edward Rush, Summer, 1997
2 - The United States General Accounting Office (GAO) study of several Southern States, 1983
3 - Minorities Fight Smokestacks in Their Back Yard; Christian Science Monitor, May 8, 1997
4 - A Black and Green Issue Moves People; U.S. News and World Report, April 21, 1997
5 - Commission on Racial Justice report, 1987
Hawkings, S. 1989. A Brief History of Time. London: Bantam Press
Rolston, H. III 1988. Environmental Ethics. Philadelphia: Temple University Press
Carson, R. 1962. Silent Spring. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company
Gore, A. 1992. Earth in the Balance. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company
- Material Safety Data Sheets
- New York State Right-to-Know Law
- OSHA Regulations
There will be three (3) in-class examinations each with a worth of 15 points
There will be a final examination with a worth of 25 points
There will be a final five (5) page paper and presentation with a worth of 25 pointsThere will be 5 points given for class participation