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The Reverse Science Charade

One of the most significant law review articles of the past decade in the area of environmental regulation is Wendy Wagner's "The Science Charade in Toxic Risk Reduction."1 The gist of the article is quite...

The Clean Water Act TMDL Program V: Aftershock and Prelude

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is in the process of redesigning the Clean Water Act's (CWA's) total maximum daily load (TMDL) program. Section 303 of the Act requires states and, if necessary, EPA to: (1) identify waters...

Antibacksliding: Understanding One of the Most Misunderstood Provisions of the Clean Water Act

Under the Clean Water Act (CWA), point source dischargers are required to obtain federal discharge permits and to comply with permit limits sufficient to make progress toward the achievement of water quality standards or goals. As water...

TMDLs IV: The Final Frontier

Editors' Summary: The Clean Water Act is undergoing a dramatic shift toward water quality-based regulation. Leading the charge, and taking their share of opposing fire, are the long-dormant provisions of §303(d) calling for the...

The Government Performance and Results Act and the Future of EPA: A Second Look

Editors' Summary: In 1993, Congress passed the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), which requires federal agencies to prepare strategic plans and performance reports for achieving program goals. In two companion Dialogues...

Reinventing Environmental Regulation: The Only Path to a Sustainable Future

Editors' Summary: In response to the debate on ways in which our environmental protection system should be improved, Enterprise for the Environment, Yale University, and the National Academy of Public Administration each issued "next...

Reinventing Environmental Regulation Through the Government Performance and Results Act: Are the States Ready for the Devolution?

Editors' Summary: In 1993, Congress passed the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), which requires federal agencies to prepare strategic plans and performance reports for achieving program goals. In a Dialogue published in...

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

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...

Reinventing Environmental Regulation Via the Government Performance and Results Act: Where's the Money?

Editors' Summary: In 1993, Congress passed the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), which requires federal agencies to prepare strategic plans containing mission statements and statements of their goals and objectives. The...

TMDLs III: A New Framework for the Clean Water Act's Ambient Standards Program

Editors' Summary: For the past quarter century, the Clean Water Act has primarily relied on technological standards to abate point source pollution and achieve national clean water goals. Water quality standards lay largely dormant...