The George Washington University
Engineering Management & Systems Engineering Department (EMSE)
Environmental & Energy Management Program (E&EM)
Fall 2000 (Volume 1, Number 3)
The latest books of two of GW’s most active Environmental and Energy Management adjunct professors were recently published. Dr. Richard Cothern, E&EM Professorial Lecturer and former Executive Secretary of the EPA Science Advisory Board, recently completed a new book entitled Introduction to Regulatory Risk Analysis: Environmental, Ecological, Food, Drugs and Other Insults to Life. It became available in July 2000. In November 2000, George William Sherk, J.D., doctoral candidate and Associate Professorial Lecturer celebrated the publication of his latest tome. Published by Kluwer Law International, The Hague, it is entitled Dividing the Waters: The Resolution of Interstate Water Conflicts in the United States (ISBN/ISSN: 9041198199).
book is the first comprehensive and integrated volume providing professionals
with an introduction to all aspects of the risk analysis field. The
three major areas of risk assessment (exposure assessment and dose-response
curves), risk communication (it needs to be two way) and risk management
(including values and ethics) are presented in an integrated way along
with many other related topics.
Because the USEPA
operates under several regulatory statutes that make decisions based on
risk, the agency has developed and incorporated many risk-based analyses
and guidelines over the years. Other federal agencies (e.g. the Consumer
Product Safety Commission, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration,
the Food and Drug Administration, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission)
also assess health, safety and environmental risks. The new book
is intended for those entering the field of environmental risk and thus
needing to understand how all the varying and diverse pieces are used and
how they fit together. It is structured to be used as a text taking
the chapters in sequence. However, many of the chapters stand alone
and can be used by themselves.
A set of class notes in Power Point 2000 also is available to accompany the text.
book, a hefty read at 1,016 pages, discusses the strategic role in that
water has reached in international politics. Sherk discusses the
inevitability of interstate water conflicts that makes the need for a legal
framework to resolve water allocation disputes an increasingly compelling
Dividing the Waters presents a comprehensive study of the resolution of interstate water conflicts in the United States. It analyses the three mechanisms developed in the United States for this purpose - litigation in the Supreme Court, legislation enacted by Congress, and compacts negotiated by states between themselves - and analyses the interrelationship of these mechanisms. The author discusses the Supreme Court's balancing of competing equities in order to reach its water apportionment decisions, the circumstances in which Congress has intervened to resolve such conflicts, and the strengths and weaknesses of compacts negotiated by parties themselves. The book collects for the first time all the equitable apportionment decisions, legislative solutions, and interstate compacts in the United States to date.
By affording an understanding
of the different means by which interstate water conflicts are resolved
in the United States, Sherk’s work aims to provide examples and guidelines
by which international water conflicts might be resolved. It should
be of particular value for those formulating policy in the international
Jonathan P. Deason, Ph.D., Lead Professor