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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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Bounty laws and citizen suits
May 24, 2023

Posted May 24, 2023 by Tracy Hester In a jurisprudential pile-up, the Fifth Circuit has become the arena for two simultaneous legal battles that may shape the law of standing and realign federal environmental law.  While all eyes are on the U.S. Supreme Court as it releases backlogged decisions...

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The Supreme Court Majority Prepares to Bury Chevron; Is There Anyone Left to Praise It?
May 05, 2023

Posted on May 5, 2023, by Seth Jaffe Earlier this week, the Supreme Court accepted cert. in Lopez Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo, which presents a straightforward challenge to the continuing viability of Chevron.  The question presented was: Whether the Court should overrule Chevron or at least clarify that statutory...


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Sorcery, Magic, and a Bit Of Alchemy? Creating Water
March 9, 2023

Posted on March 9, 2023 by Kevin R. Murray The medieval forerunner of chemistry is said to have been alchemy and was primarily focused on transforming base metals and...

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The U.S. Government Gets Serious on Climate Change
March 8, 2023

Posted on March 8, 2023 by Leslie Carothers During a pandemic paper purge, I found a corporate newsletter showing me and my boss, George David, then CEO of United...

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Letters of Belpher to Kasgar:* On the Methods of Denying Climate Change
March 7, 2023

Posted on March 7, 2023 by Chuck Becker** December 25, 2022 Dearest Kasgar, To date, your queries to me have focused on the propriety of your endeavor. This is...

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Permitting Reform Redux
February 27, 2023

Posted on February 27, 2023 by Bill Brownell In an earlier blog, I commented on this Administration’s “Action Plan” to accelerate infrastructure development following enactment of the Inflation Reduction...

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Surprise! A 9th Circuit Clean Water Act opinion that a member of the Supreme Court majority could have written!
February 23, 2023

Posted on February 23, 2023 by Jeffrey R. Porter This week three Judges of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed that a District Court Judge exceeded his authority...

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May A Court Take Judicial Notice of Gravity?
February 22, 2023

Posted on February 22, 2023 by Seth Jaffe Earlier this month, United States District Court Judge Stephen Wilson held that NL Industries was not liable under CERCLA for air...

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RIGHT IN MY BACK YARD… a view from a RIMBY’s window
February 16, 2023

Posted on February 16, 2023 by LeAnne Burnett I became an inadvertent environmental lawyer in 1988 when my supervising attorney plunked a foot-high stack of paper on my desk...

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Does Environmental Review of Projects Needed for a Net-Zero Economy Lead to a Death By a Thousand Cuts?
February 10, 2023

Posted on February 10, 2023 by Seth Jaffe Earlier this week, the decision in Bartell Ranch v. McCullough generally supported the Bureau of Land Management’s review under NEPA and...

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An Unexpected Journey:  Can Tree Sitting Drive Policy?
February 9, 2023

Posted on February 9, 2023 by Karl S. Coplan A year ago I retired from the active practice and teaching of environmental law to pursue a lifelong dream of...


December 13, 2022

December 13, 2022For Immediate ReleaseContact: (Washington, D.C.): The ACOEL Foundation is proud to announce its 2022-2023 Officers and...

October 18, 2022

October 18, 2022For Immediate ReleaseContact: (Washington, DC): The American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL) is proud to announce...