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SMGT 502 - Contemporary and Emerging Laws Governing the Environment

Course Description: 

This course introduces students to major federal laws that govern the environmental performance of regulated facilities, sites, and activities. The course describes why these laws were enacted, how they are implemented by regulatory agencies, and the practical measures regulated entities must employ to achieve compliance. These laws include the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Recovery Act. The review of these major federal laws will be informed by international and state initiatives that also affect decision making on environmental matters. The course will include a series of case studies and skill development sessions to introduce students to the practical realities of environmental management in a complex regulatory context.