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Classic Lessons From A Little Fish In A Pork Barrel - Featuring The Notorious Story Of The Endangered Snail Darter And The Tva's Last Dam, Zygmunt J.B. Plater Jan 2012

Classic Lessons From A Little Fish In A Pork Barrel - Featuring The Notorious Story Of The Endangered Snail Darter And The Tva's Last Dam, Zygmunt J.B. Plater

Boston College Law School Faculty Papers

Canaries are small, fragile, sensitive creatures weighing no more than 20 grams, about seven-tenths of an ounce. They have become a familiar and significant metaphor, however, due to the important role they played as vivid warning indicators of substantial threats to human welfare. Because canaries are extremely sensitive to the presence of methane and carbon monoxide—deadly but odorless gases that seep from deep coal deposits—miners in England and the U.S. carried canaries in little cages along with them as they worked in underground coal seams. When the canaries began to sway and slump noticeably on their perches ...


Law, Media, & Environmental Policy: A Fundamental Linkage In Sustainable Democratic Governance, Zygmunt J.B. Plater Sep 2006

Law, Media, & Environmental Policy: A Fundamental Linkage In Sustainable Democratic Governance, Zygmunt J.B. Plater

Boston College Law School Faculty Papers

The functional linkages between law and media have long been signficant in shaping American democratic governance. Over the past thirty-five years, environmental analysis has similarly become essential to shaping international and domestic governmental policy. Environmentalism—focusing as it does on realistic interconnected accounting of the full potential negative consequences as well as benefits of proposed actions, policies, and programs, over the long term as well as the short term, with careful consideration of all realistic alternatives— provides a legal perspective important for societal sustainability. Because environmental values and norms are often in tension with established industrial interests that resist public ...


Endangered Species Act Lessons Over 30 Years, And The Legacy Of The Snail Darter, A Small Fish In A Pork Barrel, Zygmunt J.B. Plater Jan 2004

Endangered Species Act Lessons Over 30 Years, And The Legacy Of The Snail Darter, A Small Fish In A Pork Barrel, Zygmunt J.B. Plater

Boston College Law School Faculty Papers

Why is it – amidst the flood of environmental statutes that poured into the law books and national consciousness in the remarkable decade of the 1970s – that the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA) stands out as quite uniquely different? This Essay briefly surveys the ESA’s differentness, its special political context, the citizen suit of great notoriety that fired up the ESA’s political hotseat back in 1975, and what has changed and what has not in the years since that first eco-legal outburst.


Damming The Third World: Multilateral Development Banks, Environmental Diseconomies, And International Reform Pressures On The Lending Process, Zygmunt J.B. Plater Oct 1988

Damming The Third World: Multilateral Development Banks, Environmental Diseconomies, And International Reform Pressures On The Lending Process, Zygmunt J.B. Plater

Boston College Law School Faculty Papers

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Reflected In A River: Agency Accountability And The Tva Tellico Dam Case, Zygmunt J.B. Plater Jan 1982

Reflected In A River: Agency Accountability And The Tva Tellico Dam Case, Zygmunt J.B. Plater

Boston College Law School Faculty Papers

Legal history is usually written from one of two time perspectives: as a narrative of events and changing conditions over a span of years or as an extended exploration of one fertile moment in time. In examining the intriguing entity known as the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), this article draws upon that chronological history to some extent. To a greater extent, however, it focuses upon revealing moments in the last six years of the long-running battles over completion of the TVA’s Tellico dam, which finally flooded the last remaining stretch of the Little Tennessee River Valley in the spring ...


The Takings Issue In A Natural Setting: Floodlines And The Police Power, Zygmunt J.B. Plater Jan 1974

The Takings Issue In A Natural Setting: Floodlines And The Police Power, Zygmunt J.B. Plater

Boston College Law School Faculty Papers

No abstract provided.