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Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA)

Information Access--Surveying the Current Legal Landscape of Federal Right-to-Know Laws

In this new age of environmental law, scholars, advocates, policy makers, journalists, and other interested members of the public can gain access to and harness information about our environment through federal right-to-know laws,...

Comment on Information Access--Surveying the Current Legal Landscape of Federal Right-to-Know Laws

Prof. David Vladeck's article, Information Access--Surveying the Current Legal Landscape of Federal Right-toKnow Laws, provides a powerful case for strengthening existing environmental right-to-know laws such as the Freedom of...

Comment on Information Access--Surveying the Current Legal Landscape of Federal Right-to-Know Laws

Openness is an American bedrock principle, with secrecy being disdained except where absolutely necessary. As former Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-N.Y.) said, "Secrecy is for losers." If information is the lifeblood of...

Where Do We Fit In? U.S. Information Disclosure and Hazardous Waste Remediation Laws as Compared With the Policy Suggestions of the U.N. Environment Program

In May 2002, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) issued its long-awaited, authoritative report, Global Environmental Outlook 3 (GEO-3).1 This 446-page document, which reflects the work of more...

The Law and Economics of Environmental Information as Regulation

I. Introduction

Since 1970, "command-and-control" has been the predominate form of regulation used to implement environmental protection policy in the United States.1 This regulatory model is...

Environmental Data on the Internet: A Wired Public Setting Environmental Policy

During its first 15 years of existence, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sought to improve environmental quality through conventional "end-of-pipe" command and control regulation. In the late 1980s, EPA shifted to a new...

EPCRA Citizen Suits After Steel Co. v. Citizens for a Better Environment

Editors' Summary: In March, the U.S. Supreme Court rendered its decision in Steel Co. v. Citizens for a Better Environment, 118 S. Ct. 1003, 28 ELR 20434 (1998). The Court held that an environmental group lacked standing to sue a...

Citizen Standing to Sue for Past EPCRA Violations

Editors' Summary: This Article addresses whether citizens have standing to bring citizen suits under EPCRA for wholly past violations—an issue presented before the U.S. Supreme Court last month in Steel Co. v. Citizens for...

The Pollution Prevention Act of 1990: Emergence of a New Environmental Policy

Editors' Summary: EPA's toxics release inventory (TRI), compiled under § 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), is the most comprehensive national database on toxic chemical emissions. TRI data have...