Lecture+6+slides - The Lake Michigan Pollution Case...

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The Lake Michigan Pollution Case Illinois v. Milwaukee U.S. District Court, filed May 1972 Trial: 1977 Judge Grady Landmark in environmental law • Far-reaching application of federal common law of nuisance to environmental problems • Reliance on testimony from an unusually large number of experts from many scientific disciplines How were decisions arrived at? How was weight assigned by the judge to testimony? How were environmental and public health risks and benefits perceived? Was there an attempt to balance them against costs? Plaintiff’s complaint: Raw and treated sewage containing nutrients is entering the waters of Lake Michigan within the jurisdiction of Illinois, causing deterioration of the water. (nuisance, harm) Defendant’s response: 1.We have efficient WWTPs and we are working to improve them. 2.Don’t blame us for upstream pollution. Defendant’s response: 3.If pollution enters Lake Michigan from Milwaukee, the lake takes care of it. 4.If Illinois water is polluted, blame
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This note was uploaded on 02/21/2011 for the course BIOLOGY 109 taught by Professor Lehman during the Winter '11 term at University of Michigan.

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Lecture+6+slides - The Lake Michigan Pollution Case...

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