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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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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 outcomes in litigation and the various twists and turns that lawsuits can take.  One of our local mediators often used...

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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 Rights and the Environment celebrates a turning point in the evolution of human rights: the October 8, 2021 adoption by...

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A Great Idea Celebrates 150 Years
March 4, 2022

Posted on March 4, 2022 by Stephen Brown On March 1, Yellowstone National Park — the world’s first — marked 150 years since Ulysses S. Grant inked it into...

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Stephen E. Herrmann Environmental Writing Award
March 4, 2022

Posted on March 4, 2022 The American College of Environmental Lawyers (“ACOEL”) announces its annual Stephen E. Herrmann Environmental Writing Award (“Herrmann Award”) for the 2021-22 academic year.  Stephen...

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A Pep Talk (Mostly to Myself)
March 2, 2022

Posted on March 2, 2022 by Andy Fitz Twenty years ago, a long-time friend and I were driving home from a fine day of rock climbing.  After our usual...

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CLEAN AIR ACT COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS IS REQUIRED ONLY WHEN AUTHORIZED BY STATUTE, EXCEPT IF IT IS IMPOSED BY EXECUTIVE ORDER, BUT COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS IMPOSED BY EXECUTIVE ORDER CAN ONLY BE MODIFIED AS DIRECTED BY STATUTE
February 23, 2022

Posted on February 23, 2022 by Karl S. Coplan The law of regulatory cost benefit analysis just became even more incoherent under a ruling of the Western District of...

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Funding for Operations and Maintenance: A Key to Acid Mine Drainage Treatment
February 22, 2022

Posted on February 22, 2022 by Robert Uram As I explained in my blog published on December 10, 2021, The Infrastructure Bill is a Bonanza for Abandoned Coal Mined...

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OUT OF THE FRYING PAN……
February 18, 2022

Posted on February 18, 2022 by Dennis H. Treacy “A few Bevers, Otters, Beares, Martins and minkes we found, and in divers places that aboundance of fish, lying so...

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“The Major Questions Doctrine” by the Supremes
February 17, 2022

Posted on February 17, 2022 by Ridge Hall On January 13, 2022, the Supreme Court stayed OSHA’s emergency temporary Covid protection standard for employers of at least 100 people....

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Iowa Supreme Court 2 – Raccoon River 0
February 11, 2022

Posted on February 11, 2022 by Allan Gates Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement v. State of Iowa The Iowa Supreme Court has done it again.  By a narrowly divided...

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EPA’s FY 2021 Enforcement Results: Insights for Clean Air Act Enforcement
February 1, 2022

Posted on February 1, 2022 by Carol F. McCabe When it comes to enforcement initiatives, EPA’s priorities are clear. EPA’s National Enforcement Initiatives are announced on a three-year cycle,...


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,...