ENVIRONMENTAL LAW SYLLABUS

Spring 2012 - Professor Johnson



Meeting Times and Location Texts for the Class
Attendance Policy Contact Professor Johnson
Virtual Guest Speakers Environmental Law Clearinghouse

Class assignments:


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January 17
Environmental Philosophies and Values
Text pp. 2-8
Related Web Sites
Discussion list
Multi School Discussion List
 

January 19
Economics and Ecology
Text pp. 26-31; 38-40; 49-53 
Discussion list
Multi School Discussion List
 

January 20
Common law actions
Text pp. 61-63; 67-76
Related Web Sites
Discussion list
Multi School Discussion List
 

January 24
Common law actions
Text pp. 76-88
Related Web Sites
Discussion list
Multi School Discussion List
 

January 26-27
Public Law
Text pp. 99-104; 115-119; American Electric Power v. Connecticut
Related Web Sites
Discussion list
Multi School Discussion List
 

January 31
Regulation and its alternatives
Text pp. 129-134; 139-143; handouts
Related Web Sites
Discussion list
Multi School Discussion List
 

February 2
Regulation and its alternatives (cont.)
Text pp. 143-150; 31-35
Discussion list
Multi School Discussion List
 

February 3
Basic Principles of Administrative Law
Text pp. 159-165; Skim 165-168
CALI on the Administrative Procedures Act (as preparation for this class).
Related Web Sites
Discussion list
Multi School Discussion List
 

February 7
Basic Principles of Administrative Law
Text pp. 173-180
Skim U.S. v. Mead
Discussion list
Multi School Discussion List
 

February 9
Endangered Species: Part I
Text pp. 940-949; ;Skim pp. 935-940; 964-970
Related Web Sites
Discussion list
Multi School Discussion List
 

February 10
Class Cancelled 
 

 February 14
Endangered Species: Part II
Northern Spotted Owl v. Hodel; Text pp. 970-973

Discussion list
Multi School Discussion List
 

February 16
Endangered Species: Part III
Text pp. 988-1002
Discussion list
Multi School Discussion List
 

February 17
NEPA
Text pp. 857-859; 867-872; 887-903
Related Web Sites
Discussion list
Multi School Discussion List
 

February 21
Judicial Review and Standing
Text pp. 104-115; 1070-1072
Related Web Sites
Discussion list
Multi School Discussion List
 

February 23
Standing (cont.)
Text pp. 1072-1085; Skim pp. 1086-1092
Discussion list
Multi School Discussion List
 

February 24
Environmental Justice
Handouts
Text pp. 15-24
Related Web Sites
Discussion list
Multi School Discussion List
 

February 28
Environmental Justice (cont.)
Handouts
Landfill Hypothetical
Related Web Sites
Discussion list
Multi School Discussion List
 

March 1
Environmental Justice (cont.)
Handouts; Read text pp. 487-493; 24-26 (Mercury Problem)
Related Web Sites
Discussion list
Multi School Discussion List
 

March 2
Introduction to RCRA
Text pp. 344-356
Skim sections 2002, 3006, 3009 and 7006 of RCRA
Related Web Sites
Discussion list
Multi School Discussion List
 

March 6
The definition of solid waste under RCRA
Text pp. 356-366
Skim 40 C.F.R.sections 261.1 and 261.4.
Related Web Sites
Discussion list
Multi School Discussion List
 

March 8
Identifying Hazardous Waste
Text pp. 366-372; Shell Oil handout
Related Web Sites
Discussion list
Multi School Discussion List
 

March 9
Identifying Hazardous Waste (cont.)
Text pp. 372-381
Discussion list
Multi School Discussion List
 

March 13
Pesticide Regulation
Handouts
Discussion list
Multi School Discussion List
 

March 15
RCRA Subtitle D; Introduction to CERCLA
Text pp. 388-391; 393-398
Related Web Sites
Discussion list
Multi School Discussion List
 

March 16
Responsible Parties under CERCLA (Owners/Operators)
Text pp. 401-408
Related Web Sites
Discussion list
Multi School Discussion List
 
March 20
Responsible Parties under CERCLA and response costs
Text pp. 416-427
Skim CERCLA sections 104(i); 107(a)(4); 107(e); and 107(f)
Related Web Sites
Discussion list
Multi School Discussion List
 
March 22
Liability under CERCLA
Text pp. 429-437
Discussion list
Multi School Discussion List
  
March 23
Liability under CERCLA (cont.)
Text pp. 442-458 
CALI on "Superfund Basics" (Do the CALI after this class).
Related Web Sites
Discussion list
Multi School Discussion List
  
   March 27
Introduction to the Clean Water Act
Text pp. 645-652; 762-765
Related Web Sites
Discussion list
Multi School Discussion List
 

March 29
Effluent standards under the Clean Water Act
Text pp. 670-671; 683-698
Discussion list
Multi School Discussion List
 
March 30
Effluent standards under the Clean Water Act
Text pp. 701-714
Related Web Sites
Discussion list
Multi School Discussion List
 
April 2 - 6  
Spring Break
No classes
 

April 10
Water quality standards
Text pp. 714-717; 719-726; 739-740
Discussion list
Multi School Discussion List
 

April 12
Wetlands: Part I
Text pp. 749-751; 670-678; 757-762
Related Web Sites
Discussion list
Multi School Discussion List
 
   April 13
Wetlands: Part II
Text pp. 652-658; 661-671; Skim 658-661
Related Web Sites
Discussion list
Multi School Discussion List
 
April 17
Wetlands permitting and "takings" issues
Skim text pp. 793-800; Read 801-813
Discussion list
Multi School Discussion List
CALI on "Wetlands" (Do the Wetlands CALI after this class)
 
April 19
Enforcement of Environmental Laws
Text pp. 1011-1016; 1022-1029; 1037-1039
Related Web Sites
Discussion list
Multi School Discussion List



April 20
Enforcement of Environmental Laws (cont.)
Text pp. 1054-1055; 1062-1070; 1101-1103
Related Web Sites
Discussion list
Multi School Discussion List

   

April 24
Enforcement of Environmental Laws (cont.)
Text pp. 1110-1116; Skim 1103-1108
Discussion list
Multi School Discussion List

   

April 26
Exam Review and last class
  

May 10
Final Exam
 

Meeting Times and Location 

TRF: 8:30 in Classroom H
 

Texts

Percival, Miller, Schroeder, and Leape
Environmental Regulation: Law, Science and Policy (6th ed.)

 West's Environmental Statutes (supplement) (suggested, not required - any recent year is o.k.)


Attendance Policy

Attendance is mandatory.  If a student accumulates more than 6 unexcused absences during the semester, the student will not pass the course.  A student who has not read the assigned materials for the class will be marked absent.

Preparation for class is mandatory.  Class participation and electronic participation will be considered in grading.


Contact information
Professor Stephen Johnson  (Home Page)
Dean's Office
(478) 301-2192
Johnson_s@law.mercer.edu