Lecture 6 - Marine Food-Chains: Mercury

author: John Wargo, Yale University
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published: April 29, 2012,   recorded: February 2010,   views: 2651
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The military's use of the Puerto Rican island of Vieques as a training site is discussed to highlight the challenges involved in identifying and restoring hazardous sites. Political opposition is faced while attempting to get a site recognized as hazardous, deciding how to compensate those affected, and determining an appropriate level of environmental restoration. The recurring theme of government secrecy and its effect on efforts to protect the environment is also covered during this lecture, as the US military is reluctant to allow researchers to examine testing grounds. The reclamation of these sites involves many environmental statutes, including the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

Reading assignment:

Wargo, Green Intelligence, chapters 5-8

Weinberg, Understanding Environmental Law, pp. 233-240, 282-304, and 327-332

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