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California's Environmental Justice Mapping Tool: Lessons and Insights From CalEnviroScreen

CalEnviroScreen, California’s mapping tool that quantifies cumulative impacts in communities, has played a pivotal role in advancing environmental justice in the state. The tool continues to evolve with each version by incorporating new...

Mapping the Movement: The Future of Identifying and Addressing Cumulative Impacts

Because environmental justice is inherently a conversation about geography (i.e., where in our states, cities, and towns are environmental burdens most concentrated), maps represent a natural tool for articulating and addressing...

Eminent Domain Law As Climate Policy

This abstract is adapted from Alexandra B. Klass, Eminent Domain Law as Climate Policy, 2020 Wis. L. Rev. 49 (2020), which contends that states should consider limiting eminent domain rights for fossil fuel projects and...

The New Gatekeepers: Private Firms as Public Enforcers

This abstract is adapted from Rory Van Loo, The New Gatekeepers: Private Firms as Public Enforcers, 106 Va. L. Rev. 467 (2020), which examines the rise of the enforcer-firm through case studies of the industries that are...

Indigenous Environmental Network v. Trump

A district court denied a pipeline company's motion to dismiss a challenge to President Trump's issuance of a permit for construction of a cross-border segment of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Environmental groups had argued the...

Jam v. International Finance Corp.

The D.C. Circuit affirmed dismissal of a lawsuit brought by Indian fishermen and farmers against the World Bank in connection with a $450 million loan issued for the construction of a coal-fired power plant in India. The plaintiffs...

Private Environmental Governance to Address Manufacturing Releases of Antibiotics

Demand for generic pharmaceuticals has resulted in China and India becoming the largest producers of these products in the world. Pollution from pharmaceutical manufacturing in both of these countries is a recognized environmental and...

Governing Shared Watercourses Under Climatic Uncertainty: The Case of the Nile Basin

Climate change is projected to have catastrophic impacts on the hydrological cycle. Responding to its projected adverse impacts requires building flexibility and adaptability into watercourse treaties. Exploring the treaty practices of...

Funding and Facilitating Public Participation at FERC

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has embarked on an effort to implement a long-dormant provision of the Federal Power Act, §319, which could lead to broader participation by diverse and underresourced constituencies in...

General III, LLC v. Chicago, City of

A district court dismissed a lawsuit concerning the city of Chicago’s delay in issuing an operating permit for a recycling facility in the city’s Southeast Side neighborhood. The company argued its constitutional rights were being...