By Christopher L. Bell and et al
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0 Defining the Subject Matter: What Is Environmental Law? The key to understanding a legal system as complex as environmental law is the definition of the subject. The best definition, we believe, is as follows: The environmental law system is an organized way of using all of the laws in our legal system to minimize, prevent, punish, or remedy the consequences of actions which damage or threaten the environment, public health, and safety. This definition illustrates how the environmental law system is now often interpreted to encompass the protection of public health and workers’ safety in addition to the environment.
At the same time, many states are attempting to implement new programs to gain more control over their environmental affairs and increasingly are being viewed as ‘‘laboratories’’ for the development of new and innovative approaches to environmental regulation. Consistent with this trend, many state legislatures and environmental agencies have recently been developing proposals to address ................. 18485$ $CH1 11-08-13 12:35:43 PS PAGE 2 Fundamentals of Environmental Law ❖ 3 the potential risks of climate change through programs to control and/or reduce the production of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide.
Gas-guzzler taxes, recycling tax credits, taxes on use of virgin materials, taxes on hazardous waste generation, and excise taxes on various products are among the approaches which have been adopted or seriously discussed. These approaches and other economic incentive–oriented strategies are expected to be promoted in the future. 5 Business Regulatory Laws Numerous other federal administrative agencies have authorities which may be used to address impacts to human health and the environment. For example, the Federal Trade Commission and a number of state attorneys general have taken .................
Environmental Law Handbook, by Christopher L. Bell and et al