Environmental Law Drafting

Environmental Law Drafting

Environmental Law Survey: This course is designed to give students an introductory working knowledge of major federal environmental laws. These laws are often implemented by state regulatory agencies, such as the New Mexico Environment Department, and have state law counterparts. The course also explores the inherent tensions of conflicting ecological, social justice and economic values that arise in environmental policy and regulation. Citizen involvement presents special challenges to a technology-oriented regulatory paradigm, but also offers the potential to address a looming ecological crisis. In particular, fundamental ideological battles are being waged in the current debates about the methodologies and processes of key regulatory functions such as risk assessment and management, enforcement and the cleanup of contaminated properties. This course will examine these and other contemporary issues in environmental regulation through the lens of federal environmental laws pertaining to the control of toxic substances, waste management, air pollution control, water pollution control, environmental impact assessment, and biodiversity. The text used will be PERCIVAL, SCHROEDER, MILLER & LEAPE, ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION: LAW, SCIENCE, AND POLICY, and evaluation will be by an examination at the end of the semester. No prerequisite law course is required, nor is any particular background (e.g., science or engineering) required.