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The Origins of Environmental Law

Wednesday, Dec 3, 2014

Register for any or all of the eight-part class on the Origins of Environmental Law: Regulation and Evolution, taught by Leon Billings and Thomas Jorling, the two senior majority and minority staff members who led the Senate environment subcommittee which developed the major environmental legislation of the 1970s including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Superfund Act. Over the course of a single decade, Congress enacted a series of environmental laws that defined the direction and character of environmental policy in the US and globally. Learn about the process that led to these seminal laws from the writers of the legislation themselves.

Sponsors; The Earth Institute & Columbia University

Dates: Wednesdays, 11:00am – 12:50pm

Register here for each individual lecture:
October 8: The Solid Waste Disposal Act and RCRA
October 15: The Federal Water Pollution Control Act
October 22: The Clean Water Act: Conference with the House Public Works Committee
October 29: The Nixon Veto and the Override
November 5: Mid-Course Correction: The Clean Air Act and Auto Standards
November 12: Mid-Course Correction: The National Commission on Water Quality
November 19: The Final Act: Superfund and the End of an Era
December 3: Congress Today: The Role of Campaign Finance and Fundraising

Location: Columbia University’s Morningside Campus, the International Affairs Building, West 120 Street, Room 407. The class is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required. Guests each week will join registered students in the class for the lecture and discussion.

For more information, contact Hayley Martinez at hmartinez@ei.columbia.edu.

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