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Includes contributions from nationally and internationally known experts on the topic of environmental crime
Provides a comprehensive focus on the United States laws and policies related to environmental law, violations, punishments and sanctions
Includes a historical review of law creation and activist protests focused on organizing and changing laws around environmental protections and environmental harms
Interdisciplinary in its focus, the text includes biological sciences, history and political debates, economics, media, crime theory and its application, in addition to sections on international constructions of environmental crime and future research directions
This interdisciplinary text explores the enforcement of environmental protection legislation. Fifteen chapters discuss the definition of environmental crime, a history of the U.S. environmental movement, economics and politics, a social understanding of the natural sciences, federal legislation, an interagency approach, and identifying essential connections. Concludes with five case studies that exemplify many of the themes presented in the text--activism, politics, economics, legislation, hazardous waste, government involvement, and international issues. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Contents: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME * Defining "Environmental Crime" * A History of the U.S. Environmental Movement * Economics, Politics, and Environmental Protection * A Social Understanding of the Natural Sciences * A Review of Federal Environmental Legislation * ENFORCING ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION LEGISLATION: AN INTERAGENCY APPROACH * The Federal Environmental Regulatory Structure * State and Local Environmental Enforcement * Policing the Environment * Environmental Crime Prosecution at the County Level * Sentencing the Environmental Criminal * IDENTIFYING ESSENTIAL CONNECTIONS * Five Types of Environmental Criminals * Environmental Ethics, Criminal Law, and Environmental Crime * Mystification of Environmental Images: Identifying Environmental Crime * International Environmental Issues * Environmental Crime Research: Where We Have Been, Where We Should Go * CASE STUDIES * Case Study 1--Community Opposition to Hazardous Waste Incineration: The Case of ENSCO * Case Study 2--Hazardous Waste Regulation: Legacies of the Past and Projections for the Future * Case Study 3--Rocky Flats: A Plea Bargain in Public View * Case Study 4--Controversy Amid Controversy: Reauthorization of the Endangered Species Act * Case Study 5--Environmental Crimes at the U.S.-Mexico Border * Comments in Closing * Appendixes * Index