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GEOG 431 - Environmental Regulations

(3 credits)
Prerequisite: GEOG 130 or GEOG 331 or consent of instructor
This course examines environmental regulation as a significant aspect of environmental geography, which is the study of spatial aspects of the interaction between humans and the natural world. In the United States, much of that interaction is mediated through environmental regulations, which in turn arise from a series of landmark environmental laws, including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Resources Conservation and Recovery Act and Superfund. Students will learn about the origins of these acts, how they give rise to regulations, and how enforcement of regulations is articulated at the federal, state and local levels. Innovations such as toxic reduction will be discussed in a regulatory context, as will the implications of regulatory programs for non-government organizations, consultants and private industry. Offered alternate spring semesters.