Abel Russ is an attorney with the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) in Washington DC. EIP is a non-profit organization founded by former U.S. EPA attorneys to pursue better enforcement of existing environmental laws, push EPA to meet its statutory obligations to keep environmental rules current, and to highlight ongoing pollution problems through research and reporting. In addition, EIP is committed to seeking environmental justice through engagement with and empowerment of underprivileged communities suffering from disproportionate exposure to pollution. Abel specifically works on federal litigation over EPA rules related to both coal ash and factory farms, state-level litigation related to groundwater contamination at coal plants, and advocacy in support of strong Chesapeake Bay cleanup policies, among other things. He is fortunate to be able to put his science background to work in an organization that consistently strives to provide rigorous, science-based legal advocacy.
Abel was a student clinician with the ENRLC in the summer of 2009. The Clinic gave him a great preview of his life after law school, as it involved both legal and technical research, and both federal and state law, in a collaborative work environment that was enriching for the whole team. Abel graduated magna cum laude from VLS in 2010. In addition to working with the ENRLC, Abel was an articles editor on the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law and gave the student address at commencement. Prior to VLS, Abel was a toxicologist with the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and a research associate with the George Perkins Marsh Institute in Worcester, MA, where he worked on human health risk assessment. He graduated from Clark University and received his M.A. in Environmental Science and Policy from Clark in 2000.