Spring, 2000: SYLLABUS

Environmental Law and Regulations

ENV 1400, Section 03426

Schedule

Wk

Date

Text

Topic

1

2/1

Ch.1

Introduction to Environmental Law. Constitutional basis, role of special interests historical basis for regulations, role of the citizen in public policy, role of the government, the role of science

2

2/8

Ch.1

Federal Agencies involved in environmental regulations, what is the role of bureaucracy? Maryland agencies

3

2/15

Ch.2

The National Environmental Policy Act. Legislative history; did Congress know what it passed? The difference between politics and policy, environmental politics – who was the environmental president?

4

2/22

Ch.3

Pollution. Remedies under common law, police powers, private property rights, trespass, nuisance

EXAM NO. 1

5

2/29

Ch.3

Water Pollution & the Clean Water Act. Legislative History, provisions, point and nonpoint source pollution, NPDES, wetland protection, Safe Drinking Water Act, Primary and Secondary Standards, Total Maximum Daily Loads

6

3/7

Ch.3

Air Pollution & the Clean Air Act. Emission reduction, National Ambient Air Quality Standards, New Source Performance Standards, Attainment and Non-attainment, pollution credits, control technologies

7

3/14

Ch.4

Land Use. John Locke and the framers of the Constitution, property rights as natural rights, comparison of land use/rights in US and Canada, modifications by the Supreme Court, recent decisions on land use.

8

3/21

Res.

Land Planning. Actions by state courts, takings, eminent domain, public trust and police powers doctrines, public planning, local control, zoning, land use periods in the US, Maryland’s Smart Growth program, farmland preservation. Endangered Species Act.

EXAM NO.2

3/28

SPRING BREAK

9

4/4

Ch.5

Solid Waste and Resource Recovery. Hazardous and non-hazardous wastes, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, cradle to grave concepts, polluter pays concept, Superfund.

10

4/11

Res.

Brownfields Re-development. Superfund impacts. Brownfield programs at the federal level, state programs, Maryland’s Voluntary Cleanup Act

11

4/18

Res.

Oil Pollution. Clean Water Act and The Oil Pollution Act. Leaking Underground Storage Tanks, Oil spills, Bay connections, cleanup programs and strategies

12

4/25

Ch.6

Toxics. Toxic Substances Control Act , Emergency Planning and Right to Know Act, other laws. The scope of the issue, limits of toxicological data, risk assessment and management.

PAPER DUE!

13

5/2

Ch.7

Energy. The Atomic Energy Act, alternative energy programs, what happens to programs without funding and funded programs that cease to make sense.

14

5/9

Ch.9

The State of the World, international environmental law and policy, the role of the World Bank, developed nations versus developing nations,

15

5/16

 

EXAM No. 3

This schedule is subject to change. In the event of a canceled class, the activity planned for the canceled class will move to the next class period. The LAST DAY TO WITHDRAW from a class without a grade, or to change an audit-to-credit, and credit to audit status is Friday, April 21, 2000.