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Environmental law as a separate discipline has continued to grow in stature during the last few years and the rising influence of environmental factors in all areas of law and business shows no signs of abating. With President Clinton's appointment of Carol Browner, former Florida Department of Environmental Regulation Secretary, as Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA"), the new administration signaled its intent to place greater emphasis on environmental issues. Even Vice President Gore's popular book, Earth In The Balance, advocates wide ranging and fundamental changes in American society and revolves around a particular environmental vision.

Like its predecessor, this survey provides a single compilation of the significant case law on environmental issues in the Eleventh Circuit. During the survey period, courts in the Eleventh Circuit focused most of their attention on the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, the chief federal statute addressing contaminated land. However, for the sake of consistency and usefulness, this Article will follow the format of the previous survey addressing the issues in the order of environmental procedure, water protection, land related cases, and, finally, criminal enforcement.