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Some Thoughts on the Interdisciplinary Aspects of Environmental Enforcement

July 2007

Citation: ELR 10495

Author: Joel A. Mintz

Editor's Summary: A multitude of parties are involved in the enforcement of environmental laws. While attorneys, scientists, investigators, and other trained professionals working at the federal, state, and local level are all necessary to ensure compliance, the effective enforcement of environmental laws requires teamwork. In this Article, Prof. Joel Mintz explores this issue, focusing on environmental enforcement personnel within EPA. He looks at the typical circumstances under which civil and criminal cases are brought, describes the various skills different players bring to the table during the enforcement process, and presents an ideal model of interdisciplinary enforcement cooperation. He also reviews the historical background of environmental enforcement and the trends that have taken place at EPA over the years. And while future levels and styles of cooperation among environmental departments and agencies is too difficult to predict, he offers some recommendations to promote effective teamwork in the years to come.

Joel A. Mintz is a Professor of Law at the Nova Southeastern University Law Center and a Member Scholar at the Center for Progressive Reform. He received his B.A. from Columbia University; his J.D. from the New York University School of Law; his LL.M. from Columbia Law School; and his J.S.D. from the Columbia Law School.

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