Edited by David M. Konisky
American courts are a major institutional player in the field of domestic environmental policy. Through judicial review, courts set standards in environmental law and exercise oversight of the federal agencies responsible for establishing and implementing environmental regulations. This entry begins by providing an introductory summary of the American court system with particular attention to environmental law and judicial oversight of agency actions. Next, several observations concerning the current impact of courts on environmental policy are synthesized from recent legal literature. Finally, concluding remarks are offered regarding the future of American courts and U.S. environmental policy.
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