Week 1 Discussions and Required Resources
Two-part assignment: All parts must be at least 200 words unless otherwise noted. Please read all attachments and follow ALL instructions.
Part 1: Hazardous Waste and Business
Find an article on the Internet concerning a hazardous waste problem, challenge, or issue in business that is or should be, by your estimation, regulated by RCRA. Briefly describe the issue presented in the article and provide a link to the article. Given RCRA’s requirements, critique whether RCRA is effective in protecting human health and the environment in regulating the handling of the hazardous waste that is the subject of the article that you found. What implications does RCRA have for business (e.g., temptations to pollute, burdensome paperwork requirements, ease or difficulty of compliance, necessity to employ environmental compliance experts, etc)? Your discussion must reflect an understanding of the U.S. legal system and RCRA’s role or place within that system. Respond to at least two of your fellow students’ postings.
Part 2: Using Superfund Sites for Public Purposes
Using the Internet, choose a video to watch from the Superfund redevelopment videos page of the Environmental Protection Agency site. From the video, explain the benefits of using cleaned-up Superfund sites for public purposes (e.g., soccer fields, public libraries, parks, shopping centers, government buildings, etc.) and whether you believe that such sites are safe to use for those purposes. As a business or an investor, would you consider investing in a brownfield to develop it? Why or why not? There are two types of in-text citations that you should be using: a. parenthetical and b. signal phrase
Read the following chapters in your text, Environmental Law:
· Chapter 1: Legal Foundations of Environmental Law
· Chapter 6: Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
· Chapter 7: Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Brownfields and land revitalization. Retrieved from http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/index.html
This site supports the Using Superfund Sites for Public Purposes discussion this week
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Superfund sites where you live. Retrieved from http://www.epa.gov/superfund/sites/index.htm.
This site supports the Using Superfund Sites for Public Purposes discussion and The Interplay between Hazardous Waste Statutes assignment
Environmental News Network. Environmental policy. Retrieved from http://www.enn.com/topics/environmental_policy
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Welcome to RCRA online. Retrieved from http://www.epa.gov/rcraonline
Guariglia, D.A., Ford, M., & DaRosa, G. (2002). The Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act: Real relief or prolonged pain? Environmental Law Institute. Retrieved from the Ashford University ebrary database.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Superfund redevelopment videos. Retrieved from http://www.epa.gov/superfund/programs/recycle/info/video.html. This site supports the Using Superfund Sites for Public Purposes discussion and The Interplay between Hazardous Waste Statutes assignment this week.