Recent developments in environmental law in Virginia continue to reflect several trends. These trends may be grouped into six general categories: (1) the growing tension between federal environmental mandates and their practical implementation through delegated state programs; (2) the continuing debate over the exact definition of "interstate commerce" and the scope of state authority to regulate in the gray area; (3) the impending deregulation of the electrical energy market; (4) the promotion of sustainable development; (5) the developing schism between state and local land use control; and (6) the evolving nature of administrative law in the environmental context. The following survey discusses changes to the body of environmental law affecting Virginians during 2000-2001 in the context of each of these trends.
Kevin J. Finto, Christopher R. Graham, Brooks M. Smith & Penny A. Shamblin,
Annual Survey of Virginia Law: Environmental Law,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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