March 02, 2021

Environmental enforcement 2021: The likely resurgence of tools targeting environmental justice

Sara A. Colangelo

Environmental enforcement by the federal government will reboot in 2021. But environmental enforcement is a spigot, not a switch—its machinery requires time and sequencing to return to full capacity. That said, there are enforcement tools that may be deployed swiftly including mitigation and supplemental environmental projects (SEPs). This article previews the likely resurgence of these tools and highlights their utility to an enfeebled government enforcement system. Incorporating these tools into appropriate cases can be accomplished relatively quickly, presenting opportunities to pursue restorative and corrective justice for communities suffering disproportionate environmental burdens.

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