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No Second-Class States: Why the California Exceptions in the Clean Air Act Are Unconstitutional

Editor's Summary: The U.S. Department of Transportation's new fuel economy rules for light trucks and sport utility vehicles are under fire, in part because the Bush Administration has taken the position that the new rules preempt the...

Species Protection Versus State Agency Autonomy: Who Wins Under the California Endangered Species Act?

Editor's Summary: States play an important role in protecting endangered and threatened species, particularly those that are listed only under state endangered species acts (ESAs). Much like the federal Endangered Species Act, many...

Fictional Credits or Progressive Action? Seattle Utility's Greenhouse Gas Offset Program Goes to Court

Editor's Summary: Several cities have developed innovative initiatives to combat global warming in the absence of concerted federal regulatory action. One such city is Seattle, Washington. In April 2000, the city directed its municipal...

Lessons in State Implementation of Marine Reserves: California's Marine Life Protection Act Initiative

Editors' Summary: The oceans are one of earth's most valuable natural resources, yet they continue to be threatened by pollution, overfishing, habitat destruction, and coastal sprawl. Marine reserves, discrete areas of the ocean where...

Recovering From Katrina and Rita: Environmental Governance Lessons Learned and Applied

Editors' Summary: The devastation and toll in human life and suffering from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita are still revealing themselves. Some believe much of this was preventable, and that steps must be taken today to ensure that the...

Conservation Planning in Orange County, California: Linking Ecosystem Protection to Open Space Preservation

Editor's Summary: In an era of rapid population growth and urban expansion, efforts to protect ecosystems and the wildlife they support often generate controversy. According to Adrianna Kripke, the experience of California's Orange...

The Continued Success of Proposition 65 in Reducing Toxic Exposures

Editor's Summary: California's Proposition 65 is by now a well-known regulatory tool for warning consumers about the potentially toxic components of products they consume or to which they are exposed. Rechtschaffen and Williams argue...

The Benefits of Community Medical Monitoring at Nuclear Weapons Production Sites: Lessons From Fernald

Editors' Summary: A number of communities across our country host DOE nuclear weapons production facilities. This Article argues that although DOE has known about contamination caused by these facilities for decades, the federal...

The Origin and Demise of New Jersey's Open Market Emissions Trading Program

On August 2, 1996, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) promulgated rules governing its Open Market Emissions Trading (OMET) program. With a goal to provide industry with a greater degree of flexibility in...

The Origin and Demise of New Jersey's Open Market Emissions Trading Program

On August 2, 1996, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) promulgated rules governing its Open Market Emissions Trading (OMET) program. With a goal to provide industry with a greater degree of flexibility in...