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Preemption of Environmental Law: Is the U.S. Supreme Court Heading the Wrong Direction?

On January 1, 1970, President Nixon signed the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) into law.1 The enactment of NEPA was the result of a confluence of numerous factors, and two among these were the ...

Federal Oil Pollution Law and Regulatory Developments

Editors' Summary: Whether Congress intended it or not, the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA) has shaken the entire oil exploration and production industry to its core. Precipitated by the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the Act...

Risky Business: OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard, EPA's Toxic Release Inventory, and Environmental Safety

Editors' Summary: One goal of information laws is to fulfill the Jeffersonian ideal of empowering citizens through knowledge. OSHA's hazard communication standard (HCS) and EPA's toxics release inventory (TRI) grow from the concept...