The Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum, one of the nation’s premiere environmental law journals, has published an article written by the OELC staff in its Winter, 2010 issue. The article, Environmental Enforcement and the Limits of Cooperative Federalism: Will Courts Allow Citizen Suits to Pick Up the Slack, describes how many federal environmental laws are not currently enforced by state or federal governments, making citizen litigation all the more necessary.
The article explains why Congress intended citizen litigation to be a primary tool used to enforce these laws.
“This article represents our fundamental belief that citizen enforcement of environmental laws is critical,” said Trent Dougherty OEC’s Director of Legal Affairs and Director of its Ohio Environmental Law Center. “We hope that legislative recommendations in this article will be implemented, helping make public interest lawsuits more effective,” said Dougherty.
The OELC is currently pursuing several cases in Ohio in which federal laws designed to protect air and water quality are being violated with impunity.