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Professor Steve Gold Appointed to National Environmental Justice Work Group

December 19, 2012 – 

Steve C. Gold, Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Environmental Law Clinic at Rutgers School of Law–Newark, has been appointed to the Permitting Work Group of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC). Professor Gold is one of three non-members of the council chosen to participate in the work group.

As an advisory committee to the Environmental Protection Agency, the NEJAC provides advice and recommendations to the agency about broad issues related to environmental justice. It also serves as a forum for discussions with diverse stakeholders about the integration of environmental justice with other EPA priorities and initiatives. Efforts of the council include the evaluation of scientific, technological, regulatory, and economic issues related to environmental justice. Its members are experts from academia, business, government, and environmental organizations.

The Permitting Work Group is responsible for drafting recommendations about how EPA can best integrate environmental justice considerations into the permit application process.

Professor Gold received an A.B. in biology from Harvard College and a J.D. from Yale Law School. Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty, he was a trial attorney and senior attorney in the Environmental Enforcement Section of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC. His major cases included trials or settlements relating to hazardous waste sites under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act as well as the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; single and multiple-facility Clean Air Act cases; and appellate matters under several environmental statutes. Professor Gold teaches Torts and Environmental Law.