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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Fiscal Year 1998 in Review

December 1998

Citation: 28 ELR 10721

Issue: 12

Author: Rachel L. Schowalter

Editors' Summary: Every year, EPA faces the burdensome task of issuing hundreds of rules and regulations. From air and water quality issues to hazardous and solid waste management, from environmental justice to the protection of natural resources, no aspect of environmental law goes untouched by EPA. Given the highly regulated nature of environmental law and policy, the Agency's actions are often controversial. The fiscal year that ended September 30, 1998, was no different. This Comment reviews the most significant rules, proposed rules, and guidance documents the Agency issued during fiscal year 1998. Looking at EPA's major accomplishments over the past year helps identify some of the work the Agency must focus on in fiscal year 1999 and in the years to come.

Rachel Schowalter is an Associate Editor of ELR — The Environmental Law Reporter. She received a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1997 and received her undergraduate degree in journalism and mass communications from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 1992.

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