A. James Barnes is Dean Emeritus and Professor at the Paul H. O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University where for 30 years he has taught environmental law in the O'Neill School and in the Maurer School of Law. From 1970 -1973 he served as Assistant and Chief of Staff to EPA's first Administrator, William Ruckelshaus, and later served as EPA General Counsel (1983-1985) and Deputy Administrator (1985-1988).
John D. Graham is Dean Emeritus and Professor at the Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. He is a specialist in risk analysis who worked closely with EPA during his time as Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the George W. Bush administration from 2001-2006. He was the founding director of the Center for Risk Analysis, Harvard School of Public Health (1985-2001).
David M. Koniskyis Professor at the Paul H. O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University where his research and teaching focus on environmental politics and policy, federalism, public opinion, and environmental justice.
Editors’ Note xi
1 The Establishment of EPA 1
A. James Barnes
2 Clean Air: Regulation of Stationary Sources 41
William F. Pedersen
3 Clean Air: Controls on Cars, Trucks, and Fuels 83
John D. Graham
4 EPA and Climate Change 121
5 EPA and the Clean Water Act 167
Jonathan Z. Cannon
6 Safe Drinking Water 211
7 Addressing Land Disposal of Wastes 241
8 Cleanup of Uncontrolled Waste Sites 281
Gene Lucero and Marcia Williams
9 Regulation of Chemicals, Pesticides, and Genetically
Engineered Organisms 309
John D. Graham and Penelope Fenner-Crisp
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10 Environmental Science at EPA: Providing Good Science
for Relevant Policy 351
Terry F. Yosie and Bernard D. Goldstein
11 How Economics Has Contributed to EPA 393
Richard D. Morgenstern
12 Politics and EPA 443
David M. Konisky and Megan Mullin
13 Agenda Setting at EPA 485
John D. Graham and Jonathan B. Wiener
14 EPA at Fifty: A Look Back and Forward 523
David M. Konisky
Appendix: List of Administrators of US Environmental
Protection Agency 569
About the Authors 653
A fabulous book. Fifty Years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offers even more than the definitive history of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It provides an immensely valuable account of pollution control law in the United States during the past five decades. The book is a deserved tribute to all that EPA has accomplished and clear-eyed warning of how much the nation would lose if current efforts to undermine the agency were successful.
Part history, part drama, and part public policy manual, Fifty Years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is sweeping in scope, extraordinary in depth, and a “must read” for anyone who cares about America’s environmental policy framework and the journey to a sustainable future.
This compilation of articles by 15 experts interweaves a history of the Environmental Protection Agency with currents in US politics and environmental science.... Chapters cover establishment of the EPA (1970) and laws and regulations regarding clean air, clean water, climate change, hazardous waste disposal/cleanup, and chemicals (including pesticides and genetically modified organisms). Later chapters address the role of science and the impact of economics and politics on EPA's agenda and priorities. A final chapter looks ahead with guarded optimism: so much was done, but more remains to be done on lead in water (old issue) and climate (new issue). As shown, the EPA has mostly sustained its mission despite legislative gridlock and partisan politics, with a narrative climax of sorts in systematic dismantling during the Trump years. Recommended.
10/26/2020 - GreenBiz published an article by one of the book’s contributors, Terry F. Yosie, that mentions the book and speaks on its subject, titled “EPA @ 50, and what it says about you and me.” Link: https://www.greenbiz.com/article/epa-50-and-what-it-says-about-you-and-me
3/3/22, Library Journal: This title was featured on this list of “Academic Best Sellers” in environmental science.