Sunday, April 11, 2010

Pg. 99: Craig Collins' "Toxic Loopholes"

The current feature at the Page 99 Test: Toxic Loopholes: Failures and Future Prospects for Environmental Law by Craig Collins.

About the book, from the publisher:
The EPA was established to enforce the environmental laws Congress enacted during the 1970s. Yet today lethal toxins still permeate our environment, causing widespread illness and even death. Toxic Loopholes investigates these laws, and the agency charged with their enforcement, to explain why they have failed to arrest the nation’s rising environmental crime wave and clean up the country’s land, air, and water. This book illustrates how weak laws, legal loopholes, and regulatory negligence harm everyday people struggling to clean up their communities. It demonstrates that our current system of environmental protection pacifies the public with a false sense of security, dampens environmental activism, and erects legal barricades and bureaucratic barriers to shield powerful polluters from the wrath of their victims. After examining the corrosive economic and political forces undermining environmental law making and enforcement, the final chapters assess the potential for real improvement and the possibility of building cooperative international agreements to confront the rising tide of ecological perils threatening the entire planet.
Read an excerpt from Toxic Loopholes, and learn more about the book at the Cambridge University Press website.

The Page 99 Test: Toxic Loopholes.

--Marshal Zeringue