ERIC Number: ED436031
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
Environmental Law: Fundamentals for Schools.
Day, David R.
This booklet outlines the environmental problems most likely to arise in schools. An overview provides a fundamental analysis of environmental issues rather than comprehensive analysis and advice. The text examines the concerns that surround superfund cleanups, focusing on the legal framework, and furnishes some practical pointers, such as what to do if the school district is identified as a potentially responsible party. The document discusses ways to minimize future superfund liability in real-estate acquisitions, the identification of hazardous waste produced by schools, and definitions for "hazardous substance" and "environmental damage." Strategies for handling underground storage tanks and dangers within the school, such as asbestos, radon, lead, and other toxic substances are also detailed. An entire chapter is devoted to toxic torts and the unique proof problems that must be addressed in such cases. Information on the prevention of and response to environmental crises, such as those precipitated by construction and maintenance activities, are also addressed. The last chapter provides an environmental check list so that lawyers and administrators can check their compliance with applicable environmental laws and assess their preparedness for an environmental crisis. (RJM)
Descriptors: Compliance (Legal), Elementary Secondary Education, Hazardous Materials, Legal Responsibility, Physical Environment, School Law, School Policy, School Safety
NSBA Council of School Attorneys, 1680 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 (nonmembers, $15; members $12; $5 shipping); Tel: 703-838-6722.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National School Boards Association, Alexandria, VA. Council of School Attorneys.