This is a senior level seminar that will explore the application and limits of laws, policies, and regulations in the advancement of environmental justice in the United States. We will examine major federal statutes (e.g., CERCLA, RCRA, TSCA) and their related regulations, federal administrative policies and procedures, and historical and emerging case law of environmental justice claims. Students will learn basic legal concepts and analysis, how federal agencies interpret and apply of statutory and regulatory provisions and requirements, and how regulatory procedures and legal avenues limit the advancement of environmental justice. Students will complete an in depth research project on a particular environmental justice case and examine the use and limits of statutory, policy, and/or regulatory applications for advancing the case.
Social Science (SS)
ENVS 151 or permission; Junior standing only