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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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The Senate Ratifies the Kigali Amendment: Is Bipartisan Climate Action Possible?
September 23, 2022

Posted on September 23, 2022 by Seth Jaffe Earlier this week, the Senate ratified the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol.  The amendment, which has already been ratified by most other countries, will result in the phase-out of hydrofluorocarbons, a group of potent greenhouse gases.  Substantively, this is a...

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EPA Proposes to List PFOA and PFOS as Hazardous Substances: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
September 06, 2022

Posted on September 6, 2022 by Seth Jaffe EPA announced late last month that it is proposing to list PFOA and PFAS as hazardous substances under CERCLA.  EPA appears to be sanguine about how the listing will play out in the real world. “EPA is focused on holding responsible...


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The Battle Over PFAS Continues to Heat Up. The Assessment of Costs and Benefits Remains Undone.
July 26, 2022

Posted on July 26, 2022 by Seth Jaffe Last month, EPA issued interim health advisories for PFOA and PFOS that took many people’s breath away.  It is rather amazing...

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An Effective Strategy on Climate Change Requires State Action
July 25, 2022

Posted on July 25, 2022 by Steven Chester Fans of Jeopardy will remember Contestant James Holzhauer and his “all-in” strategy to winning games. He remains the second highest money...

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Maine’s Experiment in Tribal-State Collaboration
July 22, 2022

Posted on July 22, 2022 by Jerry Reid Tribal “consultation” or “collaboration” frameworks vary across the country.  Presidents Obama and Biden issued executive orders setting forth a consultation process...

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Much Ado About Not Much: West Virginia v. EPA
July 5, 2022

Posted on July 5, 2022 by Robert B. McKinstry, Jr. Many have characterized West Virginia v. EPA as a decision depriving EPA of an important tool to address climate...

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Environmental Justice Should Result in Solutions
July 1, 2022

Posted on July 1, 2022 by Kathy G. Beckett Recent releases by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may be received by the...

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Of Kings, Presidents, Butterflies and Lobster: A College Origin Fable
June 30, 2022

Posted on June 30, 2022 by Jeff Thaler Once upon a time, my College Sisters and Brothers, Mother Nature sensed a void in her world. She called upon her-mann...

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Improving EPA’s Latest Ozone Transport Rule
June 29, 2022

Posted on June 29, 2022 by Eugene M. Trisko* EPA’s latest proposed rule targeting NOx emissions from fossil-fueled electric generating units (EGUs) is a classic study of diminishing returns....

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Transforming your Closed Landfill in a “Power”ful way
June 21, 2022

Posted on June 21, 2022 by Heidi B. (Goldstein) Friedman Less than two weeks ago,  EPA released an updated version of their “RE-Powering Mapper” tool – How to Identify...

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Austin: A Battle Among Progressives
June 17, 2022

Posted on June 17, 2022 by Paul Seals The City of Austin has become a battleground for progressive initiatives.  On June 9, the City Council approved a resolution directed...


ACOEL Announces Newly-Elected Fellows for 2022
August 12, 2022

August 12, 2022For Immediate ReleaseContact: (Washington, DC): The American College of Environmental Lawyers is proud to welcome 25...

December 1, 2021

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