Environmental Law for Engineers and Geoscientists (inbunden)
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Environmental Law for Engineers and Geoscientists (inbunden)

Environmental Law for Engineers and Geoscientists

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Today's engineering and geoscience student needs to know more than how to design a new or remedial project or facility. Questions of law and ambiguities of terms often occur in contracts for mining, landfills, site reclamation, waste depositories, clean up sites, land leases, operating agreements, joint ventures, and other projects. Work place situations arise where environmental compliance methods are challenged by enforcement agencies. Although the statutes, rules, and regulations may seem to be worded clearly and specifically, there are often questions in application and sometimes varied interpretations. Environmental Law for Engineers and Geoscientists introduces simplified American jurisprudence focusing on the legal system, its courts, terms, phrases, administrative law, and regulation by the agencies that administer environmental law. The book comprehensively covers the "big five" environmental statutes: NEPA, CAA, CWA, CERCLA, and RCRA. With the basic law chapter as a foundation, the book covers the practical applications of environmental law for geo-engineers. It concludes with a chapter on the growing area of expert witnessing and admissible evidence in environmental litigation - an area of law where success or failure increasingly depends on the exacting preparation and presentation of expert scientific evidence. Written by a professional mining and geological engineer and a practicing attorney, Environmental Law for Engineers and Geoscientists prepares students for the numerous environmental regulatory encounters they can expect when dealing with various statutes, laws, regulations, and agency rules that govern, affect, and apply to environmental engineering projects. It provides a working knowledge of how to judge whether or not a project is in compliance with regulations, and how to ensure that it is.
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"Robert Lee Aston's eight university degrees, earned over the course of more than 50 years, have given him an incredibly broad and deep background in both engineering and the law. His curriculum vitae is relevant because Environmental Law for Engineers and Geoscientists can benefit not only engineering and science students in need of some legal background, but also lawyers entering environmental law practice. With detailed explanations, background, and analysis, along with an abundance of citations of actual cases, Environmental Law for Engineers and Geoscientists covers as much as one could hope for in a single text on such a huge topic" -Civil Engineering, September 2002" Being an engineer whose major contact with the law has been as an expert witness I very much would have liked to have the opportunity of taking a course of this title, specially if taught by the author" -G. F. Bennett, Journal of Hazardous Material, Vol. 93, July 2002

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Contents List of Cases List of Commonly Used Abbreviations and Acronyms Introduction to Environmental Law Need for a National Environmental Protection Policy Basic Law for Engineers and Geoscientists General Orientation to American Jurisprudence Divisions of Law General Requirements for Filing a Civil Court Action Briefs National Environmental Policy Act National Environmental Policy Act - An Environmental Protection Beginning Early Testing of NEPA by Trial Air Pollution and the Clean Air Act Need for Air Pollution Control Clean Air Act - 1970 CAA Amendments- 1990 CAA Legislative and Litigation Updates - 1990-2001 Water Pollution and the Clean Water Act Introduction - Historical Comment on Water Pollution Brief Review of Man's Water Pollution vs. Nature's Treatment Process Early Remedies at Law for Water Pollution Polluted Waters - Health Hazard - Wastewater Treatment Evolution of Water Pollution Regulation Sources of Water Pollution Effluent Discharge Control Under the Clean Water Act CWA Legislative and Litigation Updates - 1990-2000 Other Important and Miscellaneous Environmental Statutes in a "Nutshell" Toxic Substances Control Updates on Litigation of Solid Waste Disposal - 1999-2000 The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act - 1976, and as Amended -1984, 1986 Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act - 1980, (Superfund); Superfund Amendment and Reauthorization Act (SARA) - 1986 Water Pollution by Abandoned Mine Sites; Acid Mine Drainage; Mined Land Reclamation Introduction Statutory Treatment of Water Pollution by Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) Examples of AMD Source Point Abandoned Hardrock Mine and Mill Sites Litigated under CERCLA, SARA, and CWA Example of a Non-CERCLA AMD Common Law Damage Claim Suit Geoscientific and Engineering Expert Witnessing and Admissible Scientific Evidence Introduction A Brief History of Scientific "Expert Witnessing" in the Unites States "Daubert" Period - 1993 to Date (1999) Partial Clarification of Daubert in the 1997 Joiner Case Kumho Tire Co., Ltd, v. Carmichael - 1999 - Further Refinement of Daubert's Requirements for Expert Opinions Examples of Exclusion and Admissibility of Expert Opinions in Environmental Cost Recovery Suit Challenges An Expert Geoscientific Witness Case - An Example of Inadmissible Geological Expert Testimony Conclusions A Few Pointers for Being a Successful Geoscientific Expert Witness in Court False Statements An Example Case Employing Numerous Expert Witnesses Update on Recent Expert Witnessing Cases Appendix A: Iron Mountain Mine Site, Further Detailed Description Appendix B: A very Simplified Environmental Guide for Starting a Mining Operation, or for a Takeover of a Mining Operation, or For a Takeover of a Mining Operation References