About This Class
The focus of this course is the Clean Air Act, which has been the primary tool employed to regulate climate change at the federal level. This course will cover the major regulatory approaches embodied in the Clean Air Act, including health-based ambient standards, technology-based standards, joint state-federal implementation under the principle of "cooperative federalism," direct EPA regulation using industry-by-industry approaches, pollution trading programs, permitting, and enforcement. The primary focus of the course will be on stationary source pollution, with a brief introduction to mobile source pollution. Students will be expected to read the statutory and regulatory provisions carefully, and to consider the science and policies which animate them. The course will require students to take an in-depth look at how the statute and regulations are implemented, both administratively and through the courts. As a foundation for interpreting and applying the Clean Air Act, students will learn about the health and environmental impacts of ozone, fine particulates, hazardous air pollutants, acid rain, and climate change, as well as the technologies used to address them. Air Pollution is a specialized environmental law course most suitable for students who already have some experience with administrative law and environmental law. MELP and JD-MELP Joint Degree students who have completed Environmental Law should have a sufficient background for this course. JD-only students are strongly encouraged to take Administrative Law and Environmental Law before enrolling in Air Pollution. Method of evaluation: take-home exam. AWR: no.