Moving the Needle? Citizen Suits and Stakeholder Actions as Regulatory Drivers
Private citizens are conferred standing to pursue enforcement actions for alleged violations of the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and RCRA, among other statutes. Along similar lines, many stakeholder groups have been successful in effecting changes to regulatory standards, and influencing decisions by regulatory bodies. Proponents would argue, especially with evolving federal enforcement policy, such measures are critical to ensuring compliance with laws. Opponents contend many regulatory decisions are being unduly influenced by political considerations, rather than sound science. This panel will debate these issues in the context of several case studies focused on a Superfund site, a recent challenge to the State MCL for hexavalent chromium, and Statewide stormwater permit lawsuits.
Catherine Riegle Finley, Senior Legal Counsel at Waste Management;
Steven L. Hoch, Member of Clark Hill;
Adrian Martinez, Staff Attorney at EarthJustice; and
Sherry E. Jackman (moderator), Counsel at Greenberg Glusker
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