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Environmental Citizen Suits at Thirtysomething: A Celebration and Summit


James May


Widener University - School of Law

Bruce Terris


affiliation not provided to SSRN

Zygmunt J. B. Plater


Boston College - Law School

Ann Powers


Pace University - School of Law

Michael D. Axline


affiliation not provided to SSRN

David Bookbinder


affiliation not provided to SSRN

Peter Lehner


affiliation not provided to SSRN

Robert F. Kennedy


affiliation not provided to SSRN

March 1, 2003

Environmental Law Reporter, Vol. 33, p. 10721, 2003

Abstract:     
This compilation article provides a rare behind the scenes glimpse into landmark environmental cases from those who litigated them, including Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Bruce Terris, Professor Zygmunt Plater, Professor Ann Powers, Mike Axline, David Bookbinder, and Peter Lehner. In 1970, Congress gave citizens the remarkable authority to file federal lawsuits as "private attorneys general" to enforce the Clean Air Act (CAA). Congress intended citizen suits to fill the vast void left by inadequate enforcement by federal and state regulators, and to ensure compliance and deter illegal activity. The approach stuck. Now more than one dozen federal environmental statutes, numerous state laws, and myriad foreign laws allow for such "environmental citizen suits." To commemorate the inception of the first environmental citizen suits, on April 4, 2003, the Widener Law Symposium Journal and the Mid-Atlantic Environmental Law Center, joined by co-sponsors the Environmental Law Reporter, Sierra Club, and Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, hosted a conference at the University's campus in Wilmington, Delaware, Environmental Citizen Suits at Thirtysomething: A Celebration and Summit. The conference featured a virtual who's who of leading environmental Law lawyer advocates and law professors. At its core, the compilation is a clarion call for citizen action, and informs how citizen suits propagate democracy, provide appropriate economic feedback to the marketplace, and help make the world a better place for rivers, plants, animals, people of all walks, and generations to come.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 31

Keywords: environmental law, citizen suits, air pollution, clean air act

JEL Classification: K32

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Date posted: January 29, 2009  

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May, James and Terris, Bruce and Plater, Zygmunt J. B. and Powers, Ann and Axline, Michael D. and Bookbinder, David and Lehner, Peter and Kennedy, Robert F., Environmental Citizen Suits at Thirtysomething: A Celebration and Summit (March 1, 2003). Environmental Law Reporter, Vol. 33, p. 10721, 2003. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1333866

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James May (Contact Author)
Widener University - School of Law ( email )
4601 Concord Pike
P.O. Box 7286
Wilmington, DE 19803-0474
United States
Bruce Terris
affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )
Zygmunt J. B. Plater
Boston College - Law School ( email )
885 Centre Street
Newton, MA 02459-1163
United States
617-552-4387 (Phone)
617-552-2615 (Fax)
Ann Powers
Pace University - School of Law ( email )
78 North Broadway
White Plains, NY 10603
United States
Michael D. Axline
affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )
David Bookbinder
affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )
Peter Lehner
affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )
Robert F. Kennedy
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