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Comments on Administrative Law, Filter Failure, and Information Capture

August 2011

Citation: 41 ELR 10740

Issue: 8

Author: Howard A. Learner

Professor Wagner presents a strong and provocative set of arguments on how information overload is creating barriers to public participation, obfuscating the most important information for decisionmaking, and capturing and clogging the administrative rulemaking process. The forest can, indeed, become obscured by the trees when it comes to effective, efficient, and fair administrative agency decisionmaking.

Howard A. Learner is the President of the Environmental Law & Policy Center, the Midwest’s leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization. Mr. Learner is also an (adjunct) Professor at the University of Michigan Law School and Northwestern University Law School, where he teaches seminars in energy, environmental, and sustainable development law and policy. J.D., Harvard Law School (1980); B.A., University of Michigan (1976).

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