Toxic Loopholes: Failures and Future Prospects for Environmental Law

Toxic Loopholes: Failures and Future Prospects for Environmental Law

by Craig Collins
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521143020

ISBN-13: 9780521143028

Pub. Date: 03/31/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The EPA was established to enforce the environmental laws Congress enacted during the 1970s. Yet today lethal toxins still permeate our environment, causing widespread illness and even death. Toxic Loopholes investigates these laws, and the agency charged with their enforcement, to explain why they have failed to arrest the nation’s rising environmental crime…  See more details below

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The EPA was established to enforce the environmental laws Congress enacted during the 1970s. Yet today lethal toxins still permeate our environment, causing widespread illness and even death. Toxic Loopholes investigates these laws, and the agency charged with their enforcement, to explain why they have failed to arrest the nation’s rising environmental crime wave and clean up the country’s land, air, and water. This book illustrates how weak laws, legal loopholes, and regulatory negligence harm everyday people struggling to clean up their communities. It demonstrates that our current system of environmental protection pacifies the public with a false sense of security, dampens environmental activism, and erects legal barricades and bureaucratic barriers to shield powerful polluters from the wrath of their victims. After examining the corrosive economic and political forces undermining environmental law making and enforcement, the final chapters assess the potential for real improvement and the possibility of building cooperative international agreements to confront the rising tide of ecological perils threatening the entire planet.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521143028
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,316,124
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1. The EPA; 2. The Clean Air Act; 3. The Clean Water Act; 4. Superfund and RCRA; 5. TSCA; 6. The Endangered Species Act; 7. Planetary problems; 8. Conclusion.

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