From the 2007 News Archive
Prof. Rena Steinzor Testifies Before U.S. Senate Environmental Committee about Toxic Waste Clean-Up
Jacob A. France Research Professor of Law Rena Steinzor testified before the U.S. Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee’s Superfund and Environmental Health Subcommittee on Wednesday October 17. The hearing examined the federal Superfund program’s capacity to protect public health, including the reasons for the current pace of adding and cleaning up sites under the program.
According to Steinzor, the Bush Administration’s refusal to support extension of the industry taxes that support Superfund and has led to a dramatic decrease in the clean-up of abandoned toxic waste sites. Steinzor says there are 50 state Superfund sites in Baltimore City alone that need to be addressed.
Professor Steinzor 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. Her new book Mother Earth and Uncle Sam: How Pollution and Hollow Government Hurt Our Kids will be published in December 2007. She teaches courses in risk assessment, critical issues in law and science, torts, and a survey of environmental law in the School of Law’s nationally recognized Environmental Law Program.
Before joining the law school’s faculty, Professor Steinzor served as counsel to the Subcommittee on Commerce, Transportation & Tourism of the House Energy & Commerce Committee. She advised the Subcommittee during its consideration of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 and the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act of 1986. She also previously practice law as the partner in charge of the environmental practice at Spiegel & McDiarmid, a Washington D.C. law firm specializing in the representation of state and local government entities in the energy and environmental areas.