The Failures of Compliance, Abatement and Mitigation
New Horizons in Environmental Politics series
Chapter 6: Regulation beyond compliance, abatement and mitigation
In this final chapter, I turn to promising reforms for US environmental regulation. As with the critiques described in prior chapters, this exploration of improvements will focus on policy designs along with some promising policy tools. Mirroring the earlier chapters’ critiques, these policy reforms emphasize improving environmental program evidence, ameliorating end-of-pipe pollution abatement, rethinking our approach to nonpoint sources of pollution, and designing recycling programs to meet broader goals of industrial policy rather than limited waste management objectives. To provide a context for the specific laws and associated regulatory programs that will serve as examples of effective reforms, I begin by pointing out how the flawed compliance-mitigation-abatement approach described earlier should compel us to re-think our objectives for environmental regulation. This focus on design objectives parallels that of other recent environmental regulation scholars, many of whom agree on a common set of reform objectives.
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