A deep dive into Charleston’s chemical spill

January 23, 2014Duke Law News

Prof. James SalzmanOn NPR's Weekend Edition
Americans prefer their water clean, but not pure

"…there are over 60,000 chemicals in commerce in the United States and only a fraction of those have had really significant toxicity testing."

Professor James Salzman
Samuel F. Mordecai Professor of Law, Professor of Environmental Policy

His most recent book is Drinking Water: A History



Prof. Jedediah PurdyIn The New Yorker
No One’s Job: West Virgina’s Forbidden Waters

"The entire crisis is a tableau of abdication: years of privatization and non-regulation followed by panic."

Professor Jedediah Purdy
Robinson O. Everett Professor of Law



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