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The issue of “standing” is omnipresent in environmental law, and it often determines the outcome of cases–or, perhaps more accurately, whether the plaintiff will even be able to bring a case. The concept of standing basically says that only a person who has been injured in some way should be able to bring a lawsuit to enforce her rights. This is simple to apply in simple situations, such as car accidents or assaults, but it gets complicated in environmental law, where the injuries are less concrete and are harder to trace to their source. (Hint: the words “concrete” and “traceable” are going to be thrown around a lot when you’re talking about standing).

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