The “Worst Case” May be the Best – Rethinking NEPA Law to Avoid Future Environmental Disasters


Victor B. Flatt


One of the major causes of the Macondo Well Oil Disaster was the Improper Use of NEPA categorial exclusions by the Mineral Management Service, and the failure, under NEPA, to consider what "could" happen in a spill of this magnitude. This article argues that even though we classically dismiss NEPA's regulatory requirement for a "worst case analysis," that the text of the statute and applicable case law still would require this in the face of possibly expected harm. Utilizing this may help stave off future environmental disasters.


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6 Journal of Enviormental & Energy Law Review 181 (2012)


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