Elizabeth Knapp


This Note will review the scientific research and evidence that support the existence of an acid rain phenomenon, and discuss the principles of international law that apply to a transboundary air pollution problem. The recognition and application of these legal principles to cases of interstate pollution and resource sharing in the United States will then be discussed. This Note will examine recent attempts to seek a solution to the North American acid rain problem through the negotiation of a bilateral treaty, and through Canadian resort to the courts of the United States. This Note will conclude that the only viable solution to this problem of transboundary acid deposition is for the United States to enact legislation in compliance with international standards.