Craig Collins (California University, USA)
The EPA, The Clean Air Act, The Clean Water Act, Superfund, RCRA, TSCA, The Endangered Species Act, Planetary problems
The EPA was established to enforce the environmental laws Congress enacted during the 1970s. Yet today lethal toxins still permeate our environment, causing widespread illness and even death. Toxic Loopholes investigates these laws, and the agency charged with their enforcement, to explain why they have failed to arrest the nation’s rising environmental crime wave and clean up the country’s land, air and water. This book illustrates how weak laws, legal loopholes and regulatory negligence harm everyday people struggling to clean up their communities. It demonstrates that our current system of environmental protection pacifies the public with a false sense of security, dampens environmental activism, and erects legal barricades and bureaucratic barriers to shield powerful polluters from the wrath of their victims. After examining the corrosive economic and political forces undermining environmental law making and enforcement, the final chapters assess the potential for real improvement and the possibility of building cooperative international agreements to confront the rising tide of ecological perils threatening the entire planet.
• Carefully examines the flaws in America’s major environmental statutes without confounding the reader with dense legal jargon • Highlights the human impact of these legal and regulatory failures • Makes clear, realistic recommendations for improvement and reform
Craig Collins, Toxic Loopholes: Failures and Future Prospects for Environmental Law (CUP, New York 2010)