From the 2007 News Archive
Professor Rena Steinzor Named Legal Technical Adviser to Baltimore City Environmental Task Force
In a response to findings of arsenic in the soil of a Baltimore City Park, Mayor Sheila Dixon and Health Commissioner Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein have announced the formation of a team of experts to investigate current and potential environmental violations. The School of Law’s Professor Rena Steinzor
has been selected as legal technical advisor to the team, and joins leaders from the Bloomberg School of Public Health, the City Solicitor’s office, and the Federal Hill South Neighborhood Association.
The Swann Park Task Force will report to the Mayor on why arsenic contamination in Swann Park is only coming to public attention decades after the contamination occurred, and what steps should be taken to avoid such situations in the future. "The community deserves to know why the Park is the focus of our attention in 2007 and not much sooner," said Mayor Dixon. "I am pleased that such respected community leaders and national experts are willing to share their time and expertise."
Professor Steinzor teaches courses in a survey of environmental law, risk assessment, critical issues in law and science, legal methods, contracts, and an introduction to the administrative state. She has written extensively on efforts to reinvent environmental regulation in the United States, the use and misuse of science in environmental policy making, and the devolution of legal and administrative authority to the states. She is also a founder and member of the executive committee of the board of the Center for Progressive Reform
(CPR), a virtual think tank comprised of some 45 member scholars from universities across the United States, which recently issued a report on toxic waste cleanup at the national level. Professor Steinzor was staff counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce when the federal laws that apply to the Swann Park situation were last reauthorized.