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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 Absolute Pollution Exclusion is Not Quite Absolute
June 16, 2022

Posted on June 16, 2022 by Thomas M. Hnasko In my last blog, I noted that there is no case law under CERCLA analyzing whether an insurer may rely...

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Will Evidence of a Coming Apocalypse Change Human Behavior?
June 15, 2022

Posted on June 15, 2022 by Seth Jaffe I’m not much for apocalyptic thinking.  I don’t think it’s productive.  I have to confess, though, that this story about the...

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From Burning Rivers to Parts Per Trillion: 50 Years of CWA Regulation
June 8, 2022

Posted on June 8, 2022 by Steve Miano Recently, I was asked to moderate a panel to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act.  It gave me...

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It ain’t over ‘til it’s over
May 25, 2022

Posted on May 25, 2022 by L. Mark Walker Twenty years ago I tried a jury trial which turned out to be a case study regarding the uncertainty of...

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UN Special Rapporteur Targets ‘Sacrifice Zones’ Caused by the Ongoing Toxification of People and the Planet
May 19, 2022

Posted on May 19, 2022 by Susan Kath In his latest report, the sixth in a series of thematic reports, Professor David Boyd, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human...

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The Mixed Up World of Blending
May 17, 2022

Posted on May 17, 2022 by Ed Tormey Recently I read a news release that the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals had issued a mandamus order against the...

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Noise Isn’t an Inconvenience; It’s a Pollutant
May 11, 2022

Posted on May 11, 2022 by Seth Jaffe I used to think that noise was something that grumpy old men complained about.  Then I became a grumpy old man. ...

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Peat – Climate Champ or Chump?
May 11, 2022

Posted on May 11, 2022 by Susan M. Cooke Recent articles in the New York Times about peatlands underscore their importance in sequestering carbon. As explained in a November...

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Working to Advance Pro Bono Legal Assistance for Environmental Justice
May 9, 2022

Posted on May 9, 2022 by Seema Kakade The environmental legal community is experiencing a resurgence in attention to environmental justice.  Federal government attorneys are working on environmental justice...


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...