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News Posted on January 27, 2017

Professor Frank Comments on State and Federal Environmental Law Enforcement for Capital & Main

Professor of Environmental Practice Richard Frank ’74 commented for an article on the Capital & Main news website regarding environmental law enforcement during the Trump administration.  Professor Frank noted that the system is often at its best when state environmental laws are strong and the federal government backs them up, as happened recently when Volkswagen was required to pay a $14.7 billion settlement for violating California’s clean air standards.

 “The opportunity for an efficient, effective and swift resolution of that case was enhanced considerably when you had the state of California and its air board working shoulder to shoulder with the EPA and the Justice Department,” Frank said. “It’s a very good example of a collaborative, aggressive approach.”

Frank is a leader in the field of environmental law and the founding Director of the California Environmental Law and Policy Center at UC Davis School of Law.