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Wayne Law Professor Hall Requested to Testify Before U.S. Congress

December 10, 2007

Prof. HallDETROIT (Dec. 10, 2007) – The United States House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Domestic Policy Subcommittee has requested Wayne State University Law School Professor Noah Hall to testify at a hearing on, “Assessing the Environmental Risks of the Water Bottling Industry’s Extraction of Groundwater.” The hearing will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007, at 2 p.m. in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C.

The Subcommittee hearing will examine the environmental issues presented when water bottling plants extract groundwater and spring water from water sources in rural communities. Specifically, the hearing will address the broader policy context of the water bottling industry; the impact on communities; the geological/hydrological dynamics and environmental effects; the growth, practices, and policies of the water bottling industry; and the adequacy of state property rights, state permitting systems, and federal regulations in addressing these issues.

The Subcommittee chairman has asked that Professor Hall’s testimony describe “the existing state and federal regulatory schemes that apply to groundwater and spring water extraction by the water bottling industry” and evaluate “the adequacy of these regulatory regimes.”

Professor Hall’s teaching and expertise is in environmental and water law, and his research focuses on issues of environmental governance, federalism, and transboundary pollution and resource management.  His is co-authoring (with Plater et al.) the fourth edition of Environmental Law and Policy: Nature, Law, and Society (Aspen Publishers, 2008).  Other recent and forthcoming publications include:

  • Political Externalities, Federalism, and a Proposal for an Interstate Environmental Impact Assessment Policy, 32 Harvard Environmental Law Review __ (forthcoming, 2008)
  • Climate Change and Freshwater Resources (with Bret B. Stuntz, and Robert H. Abrams), 22 Natural Resources & Environment __ (forthcoming, Winter 2008)
  • Transboundary Pollution: Harmonizing International and Domestic Law, 40 University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform 681 (2007)
  • Toward A New Horizontal Federalism: Interstate Water Management in the Great Lakes Region, 77 Colorado Law Review 405 (2006) 

Before joining the Law School faculty, Professor Hall previously taught at the University of Michigan Law School and was an attorney with the National Wildlife Federation, where he managed the Great Lakes Water Resources Program for the nation’s largest conservation organization. Professor Hall also worked in private practice for several years, representing a variety of business and public interest clients in litigated and regulatory matters.  He has extensive litigation experience and numerous published decisions in state and federal courts, and continues to represent a variety of clients in significant environmental policy disputes.

Professor Hall graduated from the University of Michigan Law School and the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment, concentrating in environmental policy.  After law school, he clerked for the Honorable Kathleen A. Blatz, Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court.

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