Curriculum Guide · Courses
Professor Allison Rumsey
J.D. Course 146 (cross-listed) | 3 credit hours
This course covers the key laws developed to control pollution. The main focus of the course is on current statutes, including the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Water Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Superfund Act (CERCLA and SARA), and the Clean Air Act. Other statutes, such as the Toxic Substances Control Act, as well as climate change, are addressed briefly. Common law and pre-1970s efforts to develop law to obtain control are also reviewed. Relying on her practical experience, the instructor addresses application and interpretation of the statutes, Congressional actions to extend and modify the statutes, regulatory implementation of the statutes by executive agencies, enforcement policy and practice, the role of states, citizens' groups and industry, and private efforts at clean-up. The professor uses problems to help students understand the practical application of the statutes in real-world contexts.
Recommended: Prior or concurrent enrollment in Administrative Law.