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Richard Revesz Presents Seminar on U.S. Environmental Law at Melbourne Law School

  • March 31, 2014
  • University of Melbourne

Richard Revesz led a seminar on “The Core Failure of U.S. Environmental Law: The Grandfathering of Existing Sources under the Clean Air Act” at the Centre for Resources, Energy and Environmental Law at the University of Melbourne.

Professor Revesz explained how this grandfathering approach kept obsolete plants in operation far longer than would otherwise have been the case, created incentives for interest group pressures to expand the scope of the grandfathering, made it difficult to regulate interstate pollution, and is largely responsible for the failure of legislation to control greenhouse gases.

Revesz is director of the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University’s School of Law, where he is also Lawrence King Professor and Dean Emeritus; serves on the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Science, Technology, and Law; and is a public member of the Administrative Conference of the United States. He is one of the nation’s leading voices in the fields of environmental and regulatory law and policy. He has published Retaking Rationality: How Cost-Benefit Analysis Can Better Protect the Environment and Our Health (with Michael Livermore, 2008).