Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
There are 3,119,963 square miles in the continental United States. That sounds like plenty of space to put just about anything. However, when the facility seeking a home is environmentally controversial, finding even one square mile can seem almost impossible.
This country is now in its third major era in making siting decisions. The first era – unconstrained siting – lasted until the late 1960s. Then began the second era – protecting natural areas. In the early 1990s, we embarked upon a third era – environmental justice. The growing tensions between protecting natural areas and achieving environmental justice suggest that we should strive for a fourth era, in which these two important goals are reconciled and allowed to work together.
Michael B. Gerrard,
Environmental Justice and Natural Areas Protection Trends & Insight,
Nat. Resources & Env't.
Available at: https://scholarship.law.columbia.edu/faculty_scholarship/704