Special Issue "Environmental Legislation and Public Health"


A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2010)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Wendy E. Wagner
The University of Texas School of Law, 727 East Dean Keeton Street, Austin, Texas 78705, USA; Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 11075 East Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44106, USA
Website: http://www.utexas.edu/law/faculty/profile.php?id=wewagner
E-Mail: wwagner@law.utexas.edu
Interests: the use of science in environmental and health policy; the role of special interests in producing or influencing research used for regulation; the expression of limitations and uncertainty in policy-relevant research; disclosures of conflicts of interest and data-sharing in applied research

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Scientists continue to discover disturbing connections between environmental toxicants and public health impacts. Legislation, however, often lags far behind these scientific discoveries and too often takes an incomplete approach to the problems.

In this Special Issue, contributors are encouraged to identify environmental health problems insufficiently addressed by current international, national, and/or local legislation. Environmental health risks include air and water pollution, pesticides, indoor air hazards, land contamination, consumer products including food, and drinking water contamination.

Contributors are also encouraged to discuss some of the more significant impediments to developing effective environmental legislation for these and related risks. Some of the impediments could include:

  • the difficulties in focusing public attention and legislators on uncertain risks that affect the diffuse public
  • the absence of advocates for legislation that addresses environmental threats that primarily impact the poor
  • corrupt or unaccountable legislators
  • the role of special interests (i.e., lead, asbestos, tobacco) in undermining the rigor and reliability of the science used for policy
  • difficulties associated with adequately accounting for uncertainty and dynamism in science in developing legal requirements
  • insufficient support of public health research (i.e., on nanotechnology)

Finally, contributors are encouraged to offer suggestions for how some of these challenges to public health legislation might be overcome in the future.

Prof. Dr. Wendy E. Wagner
Guest Editor


  • regulation
  • science
  • adaptive management
  • conflicts of interest
  • environmental justice
  • uncertainty
  • environmental risks
  • public health

Published Papers (3 papers)

by , , , ,  and
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2011, 8(2), 435-455; doi:10.3390/ijerph8020435
Received: 1 December 2010; in revised form: 22 December 2010 / Accepted: 24 January 2011 / Published: 1 February 2011
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7(10), 3615-3627; doi:10.3390/ijerph7103615
Received: 17 August 2010; in revised form: 2 September 2010 / Accepted: 10 September 2010 / Published: 12 October 2010
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by ,  and
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6(8), 2102-2112; doi:10.3390/ijerph6082102
Received: 11 July 2009; Accepted: 23 July 2009 / Published: 29 July 2009
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Last update: 25 February 2014

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