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The Law and Policy of Chemicals, Contamination, Cleanup, and Calamities

ENVS 277
Spring 2023 not offered
Course Cluster and Certificates: Sustainability and Environmental Justice

HOW do we protect our environment and ourselves from wastes and chemicals? WHY have we chosen this path? WHEN/HOW do the public, NGOs, and regulated industries have a voice? WHEN is something that is not used, waste and WHEN is that waste a hazardous waste? WHEN does someone need to clean up the contaminated environment? WHO is that someone? HOW clean is clean? HOW have chemicals ended up in commerce? WHEN and under what circumstances can new chemicals enter our lives? WHEN/HOW are environmental and health considerations part of the decision-making process? HOW do we avoid environmental disasters? WHAT is required in terms of thinking about and planning for the "unthinkable"? WHAT drives sustainability initiatives, beneficial reuse, and life cycle analysis?

This highly interactive course will examine the source of environmental law, its evolution and boundaries. Students will explore how and when we have access to the process and examine: (i) the Resource Conservation Recovery Act, Superfund, and related brownfield initiatives; (ii) the Toxic Substances Control Act and international counterparts; (iii) the Emergency Planning and Community Right To Know Act; (iv) Environmental Justice in the context of waste and chemical management; and (v) Sustainability, product stewardship, and related initiatives.

The course concludes with a capstone project in which students are assigned to a team as either proponent or opponent. Each team is then provided an information packet setting a scenario, setting, certain facts, and any legal information beyond course coverage. Following this, each team prepares for and advances technical, legal, and policy arguments in support of its goals and is afforded the opportunity to cross-examine the opposition.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: NSM ENVS
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None

Last Updated on AUG-14-2022
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