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April 5, 2010

Bureau of Environmental Statistics?

Filed under: Electronic Resources, environmental law — Tags: — uhlawlibrary @ 10:46 am

Looking at environmental enforcement?  BNA’s Daily Environment Report offers a survey covering enforcement of environmental laws including the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act in 2009.  The report, Enforcement: The State of Environmental Crime Enforcement: A Survey of Developments in 2009,  authored by Steven Solow, calls for the Obama Administration to create a Bureau of Environmental Statistics similar to the Bureau of Labor Statistics to “improve environmental protection, grapple with developing data needs on climate change, and provide both the public and private sectors of the United States with reliable and comprehensive data about environmental matters.”

Solow writes:

The BES would be the principal fact-finding agency in the area of the environment It would be an independent national statistical agency, not an “office” of EPA or of any other federal agency. It would collect, process, analyze, and disseminate information to EPA and other federal agencies, as well as to the public, Congress, state and local governments, and the private sector.

Besides reviewing activity in the first year of the Obama Administration, the authors look at new enforcement initiatives, new discovery guidance, an increased focus on chemicals, and electronic waste. The authors also provide summaries of criminal cases brought around the country last year.

The Law Library at the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii makes this resource and many others available to faculty, students and staff of the Law School and to other patrons visiting the Law Library.


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