Copyright (c) 1997 by the University of South Carolina
South Carolina Environmental Law Journal
BOOK REVIEW: FOUNDATIONS OF ENVIRONMENTAL LAW AND POLICY.
5 S.C Envtl. L.J. 207
Written by Richard L. Revesz. 1 Vernon Sumwalt
New York: Oxford University Press. 1997. Pp. 334.
A year ago, I thought I had made a mistake. My impulsiveness occasion- ally gets me into trouble, and this time I felt sure that joining the editorial staff of the SOUTH CAROLINA ENVIRONMENTAL LAW JOURNAL with only a budding knowledge of environmental law and policy was a step beyond my stride. I had experience with toxic tort cases the previous summer: Did the catch-all phrase "environmental law" encompass cases involving exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and benzene? And what about federal regu- lation of environmental agencies like the EPA? How does Congress determine what environmental concerns should be regulated, anyway?
My anxieties would have subsided much earlier if I had read FOUNDA- TIONS OF ENVIRONMENTAL LAW AND POLICY, 2 a compilation of papers by various scholars with commentary by Professor Richard L. Revesz. In FOUNDATIONS, Professor Revesz divides a number of environmental issues into individual chapters, each one having articles or excerpts to illustrate arguments on both sides of the issue. He has tightly organized this compila- tion to expose the reader to a variety of philosophies, thus allowing the read- er to draw her own conclusions from the information in the selections.
I. Theoretical Foundations
The first six chapters of FOUNDATIONS explore various theoretical foun- dations of environmental law and policy, including both economic and noneconomic views regarding environmental degradation, risk assessment and management, distributional consequences of environmental regulation, and regulatory implementation. "The Economic Perspective on ...
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