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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.

 

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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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Is the Midwest Climate Initiative D.O.A.?
April 21, 2009

Posted on April 21, 2009 by George von Stamwitz A report discussed at the March 31st meeting of the Midwestern Governors Association that highlights significant “leakage” if a regional GHG cap-and-trade...

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U.S. EPA Issues Precedent-Setting Stormwater Decision
April 20, 2009

Posted on April 20, 2009 by David Van Slyke On December 5, 2008, the U.S. EPA Region 1 announced that it would use its “residual designation authority” under Clean Water Act Section 402(p)(2)(3)...

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EPA Clears the Way for Regulation of GHG
April 17, 2009

Posted on April 17, 2009 by Theodore Garrett The Environmental Protection Agency has formally declared carbon dioxide and five other heat-trapping gases to be pollutants that threaten public health and welfare,...

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A Rant Against Superfund
April 15, 2009

Posted on April 15, 2009 by Seth Jaffe As some of my clients know all too well, I’ve been spending a lot of time on some Superfund matters recently. Although I can’t...

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Cap and Trade, CO2, and the Economy
April 14, 2009

Posted on April 14, 2009 by David Tripp Cap and Trade for air pollution emissions reductions has a proven track record as an effective tool in reducing pollution – but can...

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Clock Ticking on Comments In Response to EPA’s Proposed Mandatory GHG Reporting Rule
April 14, 2009

Posted on April 14, 2009 by Mary Ellen Ternes While we wait for EPA’s GHG Endangerment Assessment and new GHG legislation, the EPA’s proposed mandatory greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting rule was published...

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CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE SITING OF NEW OCEAN ENERGY AND TRANSMISSION PROJECTS: URGENT PROCESS CONCERNS
April 8, 2009

Posted on April 8, 2009 by Jeff Thaler Wind energy is a centerpiece of the Obama Administration’s renewable energy resources program, and coastal wind development offers enormous potential yet faces severe...

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Pres. Obama’s DOJ Takes Second Shot at Citizen Suit Dismissal
April 3, 2009

Posted on April 3, 2009 by Jarred O. Taylor, II Citizen suits in the environmental world are those filed in federal court under the authority Congress gave to a citizen to seek...

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Entergy Corp. v. Riverkeeper, Inc.
April 1, 2009

Posted on April 1, 2009 by Theodore Garrett The Supreme Court upheld EPA’s decision not to mandate closed-cycle cooling systems, or equivalent reductions, for cooling water intake because the cost of...


ACOEL PRESS RELEASES

AMERICAN COLLEGE OF ENVIRONMENTAL LAWYERS FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES NEWLY-ELECTED OFFICERS AND ADVISORY COUNCIL
December 1, 2021

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

AMERICAN COLLEGE OF ENVIRONMENTAL LAWYERS ANNOUNCES NEWLY ELECTED OFFICERS & REGENTS
October 13, 2021

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