Forgotten Paths to NEPA: A Historical Analysis of the Early Environmental Law in the 1960s United States

27 Pages Posted: 22 Mar 2010 Last revised: 5 Jun 2012

Joseph F. DiMento

University of California, Irvine - School of Law, Planning, Policy & Design, and Transportation Studies

Kazuto Oshio

Sophia University

Date Written: Summer 2010

Abstract

Many consider the 1970s as the environmental decade and the year 1970 as the beginning of environmental law in the United States. We trace herein the historical roots of environmental law to events and movements before the passage of the National Environmental Policy Act [NEPA]. The decade before NEPA was implemented was one of great foment and a focus on change. We attempt to locate the emergence of environmental law in the 1960s underscoring its links with other important social movements of the time.

Suggested Citation

DiMento, Joseph F. and Oshio, Kazuto, Forgotten Paths to NEPA: A Historical Analysis of the Early Environmental Law in the 1960s United States (Summer 2010). UC Irvine School of Law Research Paper No. 2010-8. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1574407 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1574407

Joseph F. DiMento (Contact Author)

University of California, Irvine - School of Law, Planning, Policy & Design, and Transportation Studies ( email )

Irvine, CA
United States
(202) 466 1135 (Phone)

Kazuto Oshio

Sophia University ( email )

Tokyo, 102
United States

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