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ENVU 3100 - Environmental Law, Regulations, and Policy

There has been explosive growth in environmental regulation in the United States in the last fifty years. In order to function in the environmental field or in other fields in which familiarity with environmental regulation is important, a professional needs to understand the policy context for environmental regulation, as well as have general familiarity with the major environmental laws, their approaches and mechanisms.

This course is an introductory survey of major federal environmental laws. This course will review concepts of the English and American common law as they relate to the development of United States environmental law. Students will learn the policy objectives, as well as the major provisions and approaches of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), and the United States approach to regulation of chemicals. Other laws will be described as they relate to concepts in the above. Students will also learn the roles and relationships of different branches and levels of government in assuring environmental protection.

warningNOTE: This course is not offered this term. Please refer to the annual schedule for Bachelor's Completion Program to see the next time this course is offered.

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