Environmental Health and Protection

Paul A. Locke, Henry Falk, Christopher S. Kochtitzky, Christine P. Bump

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This chapter provides a context for the practice of environmental health law. Public health law practitioners in the field of environmental health are faced with a complex legal landscape. Environmental health law spans portions of both the field of environmental protection and public health law. Public health laws traditionally have provided noncoercive authorities to state, local, and federal agencies and are useful in building an evidence base for change and fostering partnerships for cooperative ventures. In contrast, environmental protection laws are media-based and provide strong coercive authorities to federal and state agencies pursuing environmental health improvement. Attorneys pursuing environmental health improvement efforts have at their disposal a broad and extensive set of legal tools that, when deployed appropriately, are adaptable to address most of today's environmental health problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLaw in Public Health Practice
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199863822
ISBN (Print)9780195301489
StatePublished - Sep 1 2009


  • Environmental law
  • Environmental policy
  • Health policy
  • Legal practice
  • Public health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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