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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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MUCK ADO ABOUT SOMETHING
August 02, 2022

Posted on August 2, 2022 by Richard Horder Susan Cooke’s recent post about the importance of peatland for carbon sequestration took me back to my law school days when I spent many hours mucking about Payne’s Prairie.  This peat filled location in Alachua County, Florida, was a place with...

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Superfund $$ Lives on – to 2031 at least!
August 01, 2022

Posted on August 1, 2022 by Jennifer Nijman We’ve all read about the recent reinstatement of the taxes that fund the Comprehensive Environment Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). The new taxes are hitting the books as of July 1, 2022. Briefly, in addition to requiring responsible parties (PRPs)...

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Environmental Review for Genetically Engineered Crops
November 11, 2009

Posted on November 11, 2009 by Andrew Brown For some genetically engineered (GE) crops, the fields may be quiet, but the courtrooms have been busy. On October 22, Monsanto, Forage Genetics...

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EPA Tries to Silence Employees Who (Weakly) Criticize Cap-And-Trade
November 11, 2009

Posted on November 11, 2009 by Rodney Brown, Jr. Obama’s EPA finds itself embroiled in a controversy that recalls the Bush Administration: trying to control what the agency’s employees can say...

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Another Corner Heard From: Portland (Oregon) Releases a New Climate Action Plan
November 4, 2009

Posted on November 4, 2009 by Seth Jaffe Last week, the City of Portland, Oregon (together with Multnomah County) released an updated Climate Action Plan. The Plan presents a number of aggressive goals and targets,...

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PCB-Containing Caulk: How Old Is Your Building?
November 3, 2009

Posted on November 3, 2009 by Linda Bochert The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found evidence that buildings constructed or renovated between 1950 and 1978 may have PCBs at high levels in...

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PROPOSED LONGLEAF FACILITY KEEPS MOVING FORWARD
November 2, 2009

Posted on November 2, 2009 by Patricia Barmeyer Over persistent objections from the Sierra Club and a local environmental group, LS Power’s proposed new coal-fired power plant in southwest Georgia continues...

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Applying Clean Air Act Permit Requirements to Stationary Sources of Greenhouse Gases
October 27, 2009

Posted on October 27, 2009 by Chester Babst I.          Introduction             On September 15, 2009, EPA announced a proposed rule to regulate greenhouse gases (“GHG”) from light-duty vehicles. EPA estimates that the...

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Connecticut v. AEP Decision Supports Public Nuisance Actions Aimed at GHGs
October 23, 2009

Posted on October 23, 2009 by Gregory Sharp In Connecticut v. AEP, the Second Circuit upheld the right of state and municipal governments and private land preservation groups to pursue public nuisance...

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TWO NEW GHG NUISANCE CASES GO DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS
October 20, 2009

Posted on October 20, 2009 by Robert Wyman Following on last month’s Second Circuit decision in Connecticut v. AEP, two recent climate change decisions show that the federal courts continue to grapple...

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Essential Ingredients For Risk Transfer on Display in N.J.
October 15, 2009

Posted on October 15, 2009 by George von Stamwitz Last month, Missouri based Environmental Liability Transfer (ELT) purchased a heavily contaminated site from Asarco in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. Due to bankruptcy...


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...

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October 13, 2021

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