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Tracy Hester
Environmental Law
LAW5390
Fall 2013

TUII 240

 



ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
LAW 3590

FALL 2013
TUII 240

COURSE SYLLABUS

 

No. Date Topics Guest Speaker(s) Readings Comments and Reference Materials
1. August 26, 2013 Introduction - Foundations of Environmental Law; Economic Approaches to Environmental Law and Alternative Approaches  

Percival, et al. (PSML) pp. 1-15, 26-38, 49-60

Environmental Law Research Guide

2. August 28, 2013 Common Law -Private Nuisance, Public Nuisance  

PSML 61-76

Sample federal complaint

Sample state petition

Crye v. Reichhold Chemicals (234th Dist. Ct. 1999) (dismissal of Ship Channel nuisance action)

  Sept. 2, 2013 NO CLASS - LABOR DAY      
3. Sept. 4, 2013 Common Law -Private Nuisance, Public Nuisance  

PSML 76-88, 99-104, 104n.7

North Carolina v. Tennessee Valley Authority

Background reference materials: lead paint public nuisance ruling

FPL Farming Ltd v. Environmental Processing Systems LC (Tex. Aug 26, 2011)

4. Sept. 9, 2013 Overview of Federal Environmental Regulation: Congress' Commerce Power, Citizens' Standing to Sue, Rulemaking, and Takings  

PSML 125-129, 104-115

Sibelius decision

Congressional Research Service Report
on state environmental constitutional rights

5. Sept. 11, 2013

Overview of Federal Environmental Regulation: Congress' Commerce Power, Citizens' Standing to Sue, Rulemaking, and Takings

The Regulatory Process

 

PSML 91-99, 159-180

Sample citizen suit notice letter and affidavit

Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) -- petition for reconsideration

CSAPR -- petition for review

6. Sept. 16, 2013

Environmental Justice

 

PSML 15-23, 487-498

 

7. Sept. 18, 2013 RCRA - Solid Waste, Hazardous Waste, TSDs, Generators and Transporters  

PSML 333-366

Register and download Philern case study materials and exhibits at this website. Keep them in mind as you prepare to represent your clients in the class Case Study.

Statutory definitions handout

Read the solid waste statutory definition and regulatory definition at 40 CFR 261.2, but skim only the lengthy exemptions from the solid waste definition in 40 CFR 261.4

To avoid confusion, I have also posted the Philern Case Study and its supplement on this website. You only need to review Part 1 (not Part 2 on the Stanford website)

8. Sept. 23, 2013 RCRA - Solid Waste, Hazardous Waste, TSDs, Generators and Transporters   PSML 366-381

 

9. Sept. 25, 2013

RCRA - Solid Waste, Hazardous Waste, TSDs, Generators and Transporters

 

PSML 381-393

Hazardous Waste Facility PowerPoint

10. Sept. 30, 2013 Philern Case Study  

See class reading assignment for Sept. 18

 
11. Oct. 2, 2013

CERCLA - the National Contingency Plan, Potentially Responsible Parties, Defenses, Liability and Allocation

 

PSML 396-397, 401-408, 411-418

Statutory definitions handout

Prepare to advocate your clients' interests in the CERCLA negotiation exercise

 

12.

Oct. 4, 2013

CERCLA - the National Contingency Plan, Potentially Responsible Parties, Defenses, Liability and Allocation

 

PSML 418-437

 

13.

Oct. 9, 2013

CERCLA - the National Contingency Plan, Potentially Responsible Parties, Defenses, Liability and Allocation

Solid Waste - Dormant Commerce Clause

 

PSML 437-461

PSML 466-477

CERCLA settlement allocation worksheet

Sample cost recovery complaint and 106 order

14. Oct. 11, 2013

CERCLA Negotiation and Enforcement Exercise

 

See reading for class on Oct. 2, 2012

 
15. Oct. 16, 2013

Clean Air Act: Air Pollutants, Mobile Sources

 

PSML 502-508, 517-525

Sources of Air Pollution handout

Texas reply to EPA's demand for GHG regulations (NOT required reading - solely for your information)

16. Oct. 18, 2013

Clean Air Act: NAAQS/SIP Program

 

PSML 551-559, 573-581 (through n. 3), 588-591

NAAQS Summary Table

 

17. Oct. 23, 2013

Clean Air Act: New Source Review/Prevention of Significant Deterioration, Hazardous Air Pollutants

 

PSML 591-616

PSML 294 n.6 to 301

Briefly refresh our earlier reading on Dormant Commerce Clause

 

18. Oct. 25, 2013

Clean Air Act: Multi-State Air Quality Issues

 

PSML 616-635

EME Homer City v. EPA (D.C. Cir, Aug. 12, 2012)
5-14, 29-40, 59-60 (skim footnotes)

Guest Lecture by Rebecca Rentz

Air Toxics PowerPoint

EPA Summary of Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

Mid-term sample essay and objective question review sheet

20. Oct. 30, 2013 Guest lecture - EENR Center Distinguished Speaker   No reading assignment

 

21. Nov. 4, 2013 Climate Change Law  

PSML 1136-1150, 508-517, 546-551, 1154-57

Climate Change Regulation PowerPoint
22. Nov. 6, 2013 Climate Change Law  

American Electric Power v. Connecticut

Kivalina v. ExxonMobil (9th Cir.), pp. 11647-11657

Comer v. Murphy Oil, pp. 1-8, 13-30, 34-35

Climate Change Litigation Powerpoint

Bonser-Lain v. TCEQ petition

Bonser-Lain v. TCEQ letter opinion

Alec L v. Jackson Memorandum in Support of Motion to Dismiss by United States

23. Nov. 8, 2013 Clean Water Act: Structure of Act; Waters of the United States; NPDES  

PSML 652-670

Clean Water Act Intro PowerPoint

U.S. v. Jones & Laughlin Steel Co. original complaint

U.S. v. Jones & Laughlin Steel Co. consent decree

24. Nov. 11, 2013 Clean Water Act: Jurisdictional Waters; Definitions of "Point Source", "Discharge" and "Pollutant"  

PSML 645-52, 671-678, 683-698

 
25. Nov. 13, 2013 Clean Water Act: Water Quality Standards and technology requirements in NPDES permits  

PSML 698-719

Effluent Standards Table
26. Nov. 18, 2013 Clean Water Act: TMDLs, Wetlands Protection

 

PSML 739-762

Sample NPDES Permit Fact Sheet

Wetlands PowerPoint

28. Nov. 20, 2013 Endangered Species Act - Listing, Endangerment, Consultation Process  

PSML 940-949, 964-984

ESA PowerPoint

In re Endangered Species Act Section 4 Deadline Litigation (May 10, 2011)

29. Nov. 25, 2013 Endangered Species Act - Private Takings

 

PSML 984-1004

PowerPoint

    Thanksgiving Holiday - no class  

 

 

30. Nov. 29, 2013

Refinery Tour

    Information for Refinery Tour
31. Dec. 2, 2013 NO CLASS  

 

 
32. Dec. 4, 2013

National Environmental Policy Act: Major Actions, FONSI, Environmental Impact Statements

 

PSML 857-859, 867-873, 882 (starting at n.3) -887, 892-898, 903 n.6 -910

Environmental Justice PowerPoint

33.

Dec. 6, 2013
(Friday)

Last class (if needed) - voluntary final review session

 

Review Session

Final exam will take place on [date and time] in [room].

Finals Review Worksheet

Answers to Email Questions for Finals Review