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Tracy Hester
Environmental Law
Fall 2013

209 BLB


LAW 3590

FALL 2013
BLB 209



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

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

Environmental Law Research Guide

PMSL Chap. 1

2. August 28, 2013 Economic Approaches to Environmental Law and Alternative Approaches   PSML 26-38, 49-51, 57-60  
3. Sept. 2, 2013 NO CLASS - LABOR DAY      
4. Sept. 4, 2013 Common Law -Private Nuisance  

PSML 61-76

Sample federal complaint

Sample state petition

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

5. Sept. 9, 2013 Common Law - Public Nuisance  

PSML 76-89, 100-111

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)

6. Sept. 11, 2013

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

Rise of the Statutory Framework


PSML 111-122, 131-136

PSML 89-100


Sample citizen suit notice letter and affidavit

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

CSAPR -- petition for review

7. Sept. 16, 2013

Statutory Framework (cont'd)

Review of Administrative Law Principles


PSML 168-190 (skim if you have already had some exposure to administrative law or regulatory practice)



8. Sept. 18, 2013

Clean Air Act: Air Pollutants, Mobile Sources


PSML 523-34, 555-563

Sources of Air Pollution handout


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

9. Sept. 23, 2013

Clean Air Act: NAAQS/SIP Program


PSML 569-594, 598-601

NAAQS Summary Table


10. Sept. 25, 2013

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


PSML 608-628


HRVOC Allowance Preliminary Allocation Table

Plain English Guide to the Clean Air Act

11. Sept. 30, 2013 Clean Air Act: Wrap-up on NSR/PSD and HAPs, Acid Rain, Multi-State Air Quality Issues  

PSML 628-656, 303-317


Air Toxics PowerPoint

EPA Summary of Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

12. Oct. 2, 2013

Clean Air Act: Multi-State Air Quality Issues


PSML 628-656 (refresh)


CAA Section 7410(a)(2)(D)

Western US Ozone Trends

Briefs and Petitions for U.S. Supreme Court review of EPA v. EME Homer City Generation

13. Oct. 7, 2013

Climate Change Law - Regulations

Guest speaker: Steven Cook, senior EHS counsel, Lyondell Chemical

PSML 1207-1235, 534-555


Prof. Cook's Powerpoint

14. Oct. 9, 2013 Climate Change Law - Litigation  

Review prior reading on American Electric Power v. Connecticut at PMSL 105-110

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



Climate Change Litigation mini-Powerpoint

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

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

15. Oct. 14, 2013 Clean Water Act: Structure of Act; "Waters of the United States" and Jurisdiction  

PSML 666-693



Clean Water Act Intro PowerPoint

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

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

16. Oct. 16, 2013 Update on Climate Change Regulation and Litigation Guest Speaker: David Bookbinder, Element VI (formerly Sierra Club)

West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette (suggested reading only; focus on Justice Frankfurter's dissent)


17. Oct. 21, 2013

Clean Water Act: Definitions of "Point Source", "Discharge" and "Pollutant"

Clean Water Act: Water Quality Standards and technology requirements in NPDES permits


PSML 694-701, 710-725 (from our original 10/16 reading assignment)


Draft EPA Study on Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters

18. Oct. 23, 2013 Clean Water Act: TMDLs, Wetlands Protection  

PSML 767-793



PSML 725-747 (skim; will cover in lecture)

Sample NPDES Permit Fact Sheet

Effluent Standards Table

Houston Ship Channel Dioxin Zones

Wetlands PowerPoint

2012 Nationwide Permits Summary Chart

19. Oct. 28, 2013

Guest Speaker: Carlos Rubenstein, Chairman of Texas Water Development Board, former Commissioner of Texas Commission on Environmental Quality




20. Oct. 30, 2013 RCRA - Solid Waste, Hazardous Waste, TSDs, Generators and Transporters  

PSML 354-360, 365-384

Download the Philern Case Study materials and supplement and review Part I only. 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

21. Nov. 4, 2013

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


PSML 384-399, 410-411



22. Nov. 6, 2013

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

Philern Case Study


PSML 399-406

See class reading assignment for Oct. 30

Because of technical difficulties, this lecture was not recorded.

Hazardous Waste Facility PowerPoint
23. Nov. 8, 2013 (Friday)

Tour - Valero, Texas City refinery


Information for Refinery Tour

Directions to Valero Texas City refinery

Parking information for Valero Texas City refinery

24. Nov. 11, 2013

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


PSML 411-438

Statutory definitions handout

Start preparing to advocate your clients' interests in the CERCLA negotiation exercise




Nov. 13, 2013

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


PSML 438-458


Practice Exam Review (handout)

Speech by Scott Fulton, former EPA General Counsel


Nov. 18, 2013

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


PSML 458-484

CERCLA settlement allocation worksheet


Sample cost recovery complaint and 106 order

27. Nov. 20, 2013

CERCLA Negotiation and Enforcement Exercise


See reading for class on Nov. 11, 2013

No lecture recording for this class.

28. Nov. 25, 2013

Environmental Justice Overview


Endangered Species Act - Listing, Endangerment, Consultation Process


Environmental Justice mini-PowerPoint

PSML 984-993, 1009-1017, 1029-1047


ESA Introduction PowerPoint

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

    Thanksgiving Holiday - no class  



29. Dec. 2, 2013 Endangered Species Act - Private Takings


PSML 1047-1064


Ridge Top Ranch LLC v. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (complaint)

S. 1731 (Endangered Species Management Self-Determination Act)

30. Dec. 4, 2013

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


PSML 895-897, 905-918, 932-939, 943-945, 950 n.3-953, 970-973




Sample Environmental Impact Statement (new nuclear unit at South Texas Project)

Petition for writ of habeas corpus for Tommy (N.Y. Sup. Ct., Fulton County, filed Dec. 2, 2013) and supporting memorandum


Dec. 6, 2013

Voluntary final review session - in classroom 144 TUII from 9:00 to 10:00 am.


Review Session

Final exam will take place on Dec. 11 from 9:00 am to noon at 211 TUII.

Finals Review Worksheets 1 and 2

Answers to Email Questions for Finals Review