ARB Research Seminar

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Implementing Environmental Justice: Obstacles and Opportunities

Professor Eileen Gauna, Environmental and Property Law, Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, and Clifford Rechtschaffen, Professor and Director, Environmental Law Program, Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco

October 11, 2002
Cal EPA Headquarters, 1001 "I" Street, Sacramento, California



In this presentation, Professors Gauna and Rechtschaffen will begin with a review of existing interpretations of federal legal authority concerning environmental justice (e.g., Executive Order 12898, Title VI), and selected laws to address environmental justice in California, such as Senate Bills 89 and 1542. After this review of federal and state legal authorities, the speakers will discuss their views on state agency efforts to address environmental justice, focusing on the Air Resources Board's Neighborhood Assessment Program and "Environmental Justice Policies and Actions" approved in December 2001. To close their presentation, the speakers will discuss regulatory impediments to achieving environmental justice and opportunities that need to be explored.

Speaker Biography

Professor Eileen Gauna teaches environmental law and property law at Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles. She is co-author (with Clifford Rechtschaffen, 2002) of a book titled "Environmental Justice: Law, Policy, and Regulation," author of a chapter in a forthcoming book on environmental policy (Resources for the Future), and has written several law review articles on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, environmental justice, the Clean Air Act, public participation in environmental decision-making, and citizen suits.

Clifford Rechtschaffen is a Visiting Professor at the University of California, Davis, School of Law, and Professor and Director of the Environmental Law Program at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco. He is co-author (with David Markell, 2002) of "Reinventing Environmental Enforcement and the State/Federal Relationship." He has also written a number of other articles about environmental enforcement, environmental justice, and information disclosure laws.

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