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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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Whales, Lobsters, and the Paradox of Winning Too Much
December 07, 2023

Posted on December 7, 2023 by Jerry Reid “We’re gonna win so much, you may even get tired of winning. And you’ll say, ‘Please, please. It’s too much winning. We can’t take it anymore.’”  That was what then-candidate Trump promised life would be like in America during his presidency. ...

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Is Litigation the Solution to Plastic Pollution?
November 17, 2023

Posted on November 17, 2023 by Seth Jaffe Earlier this week, New York State Attorney General Letitia James filed suit against PepsiCo.  At the core of the case are allegations that PepsiCo.’s widespread use of single-use plastics has created or contributed to a public nuisance in the Buffalo River. ...


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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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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...

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Clean Water Advocates and Industrial Sector Battle Over Connecticut’s Industrial Stormwater Permit
March 23, 2009

Posted on March 23, 2009 by Gregory Sharp The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) has proposed to revise and renew its General Permit for the Discharge of Stormwater Associated with...


October 17, 2023

October 17, 2023For Immediate ReleaseContact: (Washington, DC): The American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL) is proud to announce...

ACOEL Announces Newly-Elected Fellows for 2023
July 27, 2023

July 27, 2023For Immediate ReleaseContact: (Washington, DC): The American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL) is proud to welcome...