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2003

Golden Gate University School of Law

EPA

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The Bush Record On The Environment: What A Difference Two Years Make, Clifford Rechtschaffen Apr 2003

The Bush Record On The Environment: What A Difference Two Years Make, Clifford Rechtschaffen

Environmental Law and Justice Clinic

Although the Bush Administration has proposed a few environmentally positive initiatives . . . these initiatives have been far over-shadowed by the efforts to weaken or roll back environmental protections.


Improving State Environmental Enforcement Performance Through Enhanced Government Accountability And Other Strategies, Clifford Rechtschaffen, David L. Markell Jan 2003

Improving State Environmental Enforcement Performance Through Enhanced Government Accountability And Other Strategies, Clifford Rechtschaffen, David L. Markell

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This Article discusses a number of options for EPA to strengthen state performance and bring it more in line with EPA's expectations. First, EPA must play a stricter gate-keeping function in initially authorizing state programs, and more regularly reassess and report the adequacy of state enforcement authorities and state capacity. Second, EPA must stop delivering a mixed message to the states about the enforcement practices it expects the states to follow. Instead, it must establish clear expectations for performance. Third, in terms of the substance of those expectations, EPA should revise its criteria for evaluating whether state enforcement programs ...