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Richard A. Goodman, Richard E. Hoffman, Wilfredo Lopez, Gene W. Matthews, Mark Rothstein, and Karen Foster

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195301489

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195301489.001.0001

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Environmental Health and Protection

Environmental Health and Protection

Chapter:
(p.478) Chapter 20 ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND PROTECTION
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Law in Public Health Practice
Author(s):

Paul A. Locke

Henry Falk

Christopher S. Kochtitzky

Christine P. Bump

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195301489.003.0020

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.

Keywords:   public health, environmental policy, environmental law, health policy, legal practice

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