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ACOEL members contribute regularly to the ACOEL Blog, writing on topics of current interest in their respective fields. Recently-published blogs are featured below, or you can search the ACOEL blog archive using the search feature.


Current Blogs

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COP26 Retrospective: Historical Turning Point Toward a Sustainable Future?
January 18, 2022

Posted on January 18, 2022 by Daniel C. Esty When the history of the global shift toward a clean energy economy and a sustainable future gets written decades from now, it may well be that the COP26 Climate Change Conference will be seen as a watershed moment. While the...

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Environmental Penalties: Disparity and Discretion
January 14, 2022

Posted on January 14, 2022 by Jerry L. Anderson Environmental law enforcement seeks to achieve greater compliance by punishing intentional violations and ensuring that violators do not achieve a competitive advantage through avoidance of compliance costs.  To achieve that goal, regulators must balance the desire for uniformity with the...


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Environmental Law—sick unto death with that long agony?
May 17, 2021

Environmental policy swings like a pendulum without regard to permanency, thus creating unique challenges to environmental improvement. We see pendulums in all areas of our lives—longcase clocks, playground swings,...

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I May Agree With This EPA On Most Issues, But I Still Don’t Like Guidance
May 17, 2021

One of the results of the November election that makes me happiest is that I can now go back to being part of the loyal opposition. In other...

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Smoke Plumes, Pigs & Poultry – Do Right-to-Farm Laws Checkmate Tort Class Actions?
May 14, 2021

According to some critics, recent amendments to Florida’s Right-to-Farm law are intended to defeat class action litigation brought against the economically important sugar industry. The lawsuit involves pre-harvest...

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Mississippi Hasn’t Got a Chance (Bless its Heart), But its Original Action Against Tennessee is Still a Case to Watch
May 12, 2021

Mississippi thinks Tennessee is stealing its groundwater, and it has filed an original action in the United States Supreme Court to stop it. State of Mississippi v. State of...

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Determining Disparate Impacts in Environmental Justice Communities: Does Friends of Buckingham v. State Air Pollution Control Board Provide the Roadmap?
May 7, 2021

It has long been recognized that minority and disadvantaged communities are subject to higher levels of pollution than more affluent non-minority areas. This fact is the basis of the...

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How Are We Really Going to Get to Net Zero?
May 5, 2021

Late last month, the Washington Legislature passed the “Climate Commitment Act”, a piece of sweeping climate legislation that includes, among other provisions, an economy-wide cap-and-trade system. Washington was...

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Let Me Introduce You
May 4, 2021

I wrote a limerick. I won a book. And I encountered the climate feminist -- not a single person; a movement of female leaders “rooted in compassion, connection, creativity...

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Transfer of NPDES Authority for Oil and Gas Discharges to Texas—The Implementation Phase
April 30, 2021

On January 15, 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) transferred Clean Water Act Section 402 authority to Texas to issue National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits for...

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Critically Examining Environmental Justice Critiques of GHG Auction-Cap-and-Trade
April 29, 2021

The Biden Administration has pledged to put the nation on track to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and simultaneously to promote environmental justice. Both goals are achievable and, indeed,...


December 1, 2021

December 1, 2021For Immediate ReleaseContact: (Washington, DC): The ACOEL Foundation, created by the American College of Environmental Lawyers...

October 13, 2021

(Washington, DC): The American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL) is proud to announce its newly elected Officers and Regents,...