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Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Environmental Decisionmaking

Traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) is defined as a deep understanding of the environment developed by local communities and indigenous peoples over generations. In the United States, Canada, and around the world, indigenous peoples...

Changing the National Flood Insurance Program for a Changing Climate

Congress established the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in 1968 to reduce flood damages nationwide and ease the federal government’s financial burden for providing disaster recovery. To achieve this goal, the program was...

Time for a New Age of Enlightenment for U.S. Environmental Law and Policy: Where Do We Go From Here?

The issue of environmental injustice has again come into sharp focus in the wake of the predominantly African-American community in Flint, Michigan, being exposed to lead-contaminated drinking water. To secure environmental justice for...

California v. United States Department of the Interior

A district court granted California's and New Mexico's motion for summary judgment in an APA challenge to DOI's repeal of the Valuation Rule and its restoration of prior regulations governing payment of royalties on oil, gas, and coal...

Union of Concerned Scientists v. Wheeler

A district court dismissed a nonprofit group's challenge to an EPA directive that prohibited scientists in receipt of certain EPA grants from serving on the Agency's federal advisory committees. The group argued that the directive...

Natural Resources Defense Council v. Wheeler

A district court dismissed for lack of standing an environmental group's challenge to an EPA directive that prohibited scientists in receipt of certain EPA grants from serving on the Agency's federal advisory committees. The group...

Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail v. Federal Transit Administration

A district court granted federal and state transportation agencies' motion to dismiss a nonprofit group's challenge to a light rail project, known as the Purple Line project, that would connect suburban Maryland commuters to existing...

The Impact of Citizen Environmental Science in the United States

An increasingly sophisticated public, rapid changes in monitoring technology, the ability to process large volumes of data, and social media are increasing the capacity for members of the public and advocacy groups to gather, interpret...

Fields of Dreams: An Economic Democracy Framework for Addressing NIMBYism

Local opposition to development of socially desirable facilities is one of the most important policy challenges in the United States. Despite decades of effort, a formula to reduce “Not in My Back Yard” (NIMBY) opposition is yet to be...

Environmental Deconfliction 2019: The National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2019

As in prior years, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 contains a variety of provisions setting U.S. Department of Defense priorities for energy, environmental, and natural resource issues. These include...

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