Jane B. Stewart

Director, International Environmental Legal Assistance Program
Frank J. Guarini Center on Environmental and Land Use Law

New York University School of Law

Email: jbs6@nyu.edu


J.D., New York University School of Law, 1979

B.A., Brown University

Research Interests

  • Nuclear waste law, regulation and policy
  • Environmental law, regulation and policy
  • Groundwater remediation strategies
  • Land use and remedy selection
  • Public participation and public access to environmental information

Brief Biography

Jane Bloom Stewart is an environmental lawyer with almost 40 years’ experience in both the public interest and private sectors. She served for 11 years as Senior Staff Attorney in charge of hazardous waste management and remediation issues for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and practiced environmental law with the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York, representing major firms on environmental compliance and liability issues. Since founding it in1996 she has directed the International Environmental Legal Assistance Program of the NYU School of Law’s Guarini Center on Environmental and Land Use Law. She has advised and consulted with international organizations, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations in the U.S. and developing countries on a wide variety of environmental law and policy reform initiatives, including water and natural resource protection, in Northeast Asia, China, and Central and Eastern Europe.

Ms. Stewart is also one of the core personnel of CRESP, where her research focuses on nuclear waste and environmental law, regulation and policy concerning remediation of DOE sites and disposition of legacy wastes from nuclear weapons production.  Of special interest are innovative strategies for remediation of groundwater resources.  Ms. Stewart served on the Omnibus Risk Review Committee that examined and reported to Congress on the role of risk in prioritization and resource allocation for cleanup across the DOE former weapons production complex, and has been actively involved in advising on both site-specific and DOE Headquarters-led strategic initiatives.

CRESP Projects

  • Remediation, Near Surface Disposal & Long Term Stewardship
  • Nuclear Waste Management Policy and Strategy
  • Oak Ridge Groundwater Remediation and Waste Management
  • Support for DOE-Environmental Management Regulatory Integration Initiatives
  • Omnibus Risk Review Committee


Greenberg, M. R., Apostolakis, G. , Fields, T. , Goldstein, B. D., Kosson, D. , Krahn, S. , Matthews, R. B., Rispoli, J. , Stewart, J. and Stewart, R. (2018), Advancing Risk‐Informed Decision Making in Managing Defense Nuclear Waste in the United States: Opportunities and Challenges for Risk Analysis. Risk Analysis. doi:10.1111/risa.13135

Omnibus Risk Review Committee 2015, A Review of the Use of Risk‐Informed Management in the Cleanup Program for Former Defense Nuclear Sites   Prepared for   U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations and   the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations. Available at: http://www.cresp.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Omnibus-Risk-Review-Report_FINAL.pdf.

Stewart R. and Stewart J (2014) Solving the Spent Nuclear Fuel Impasse, N.Y.U. Envir. L. J. 1:121 https://www.nyuelj.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/ELJ21.1-completed.pdf

Stewart, R and Stewart J. (2011) Fuel Cycle to Nowhere? U.S. Law and Policy on Nuclear Waste (Vanderbilt University Press)

Honors and Awards

  • Vanderbilt Medal, NYU
  • Editor-in-Chief, NYU School of Law, Public Interest Law Journal
  • Root-Tilden Scholar, NYU School of Law
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