Environmental law is global in its reach. Multinational companies make business plans based on the laws and regulations of the countries in which they are headquartered and have manufacturing facilities as well as the countries in which they distribute and sell their products. Moreover, multinational companies have global environmental, health and safety goals and practices that tend to be worldwide in their scope for reasons of policy and operational consistency.
Climate change continues to dominate international environmental efforts, and we have also witnessed efforts to promote sustainability. Many countries are making efforts to promote conservation and renewable or green energy. Changes in reliance on coal and nuclear energy have impacts on the demand for other energy sources. All of these changes have impacts on efforts to reduce greenhouse gases.
Environmental law continues to change and evolve, as new regulations are adopted and existing rules are amended or challenged in courts or interpreted by agencies. In the United States, 2017 will witness a new President and an administration that is expected to have different priorities in the related areas of environment and energy.
Theodore L Garrett is senior counsel at Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, DC. His practice involves major regulatory and enforcement issues and transactions, particularly involving air quality, water quality, energy and climate change, hazardous waste, and natural resource damages. He has been lead industry counsel in numerous lawsuits seeking judicial review of EPA air and water regulations and has represented clients in numerous Superfund matters.
Mr Garrett advises clients on compliance and related business issues and has been extensively involved in administrative proceedings and litigation, including Supreme Court cases. Mr Garrett has spoken and written widely in the environmental area. He is the editor and principal author of The Environmental Law Manual and the RCRA Practice Manual, and is a contributing author to several books including Environmental Litigation, The Clean Water Act Handbook, Litigators on Experts, and Environmental Liability and Insurance Recovery, all books published by the ABA.
He is a former Chair of the ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources and remains involved in Section activities. Mr Garrett was honoured in 2015 with a lifetime achievement award from Who’s Who Legal and the ABA Section of International Law. He is a member of the American College of Environmental Law, where he serves on the Board of Regents. Mr Garrett received his BA from Yale College and his JD from Columbia Law School. He served as a law clerk to US Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren E Burger, and worked as a special assistant to William H Rehnquist when he was Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice.
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