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This survey course examines the role of the law in protecting the environment. The course provides an overview of the following principal federal environmental statutes: the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Resource, Conservation and Recovery Act, and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act. We will also consider the problem of regulating toxic chemicals, the role of the common law in environmental protection, and the problem of judicial review and enforcement.