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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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ESG Decision-Making —What are the alternatives?
November 17, 2021

Posted on November 17, 2021 by Jeff Civins ESG—environmental, social, and governance—is the focus of socially responsible investing, reflecting the notion that corporations should serve the interests of not only their shareholders, but of all their stakeholders. This blog describes how NEPA’s EIS process can be used by...

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November 16, 2021

Posted on November 16, 2021 by Tommy Wells There is a widely recognized opioid crisis in America, affecting literally thousands of people who have become addicted to opioids. Something must be done to address this crisis, but is the 700 year old legal theory of public nuisance the answer?...

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Will We Ever Stop Overestimating the Cost of Complying with Environmental Regulations?
November 12, 2021

Posted on November 12, 2021 by Seth Jaffe Earlier this week, Greenwire (subscription required) had an interesting story about the role that EPA’s estimate of the cost to comply with the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards rule played in the politics and judicial review of the rule.  It turned...

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“Go back to where you came from” – a personal journey
August 07, 2019

Posted on August 7, 2019 by Brenda Mallory The first time that I remember being told “go back to where you came from,” I was 18. Although not the first time I was targeted because of my race, it was the first time I remember those words. I had...

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“DISCARDED” or “NOT DISCARDED”: That Is the Question (or “Asked and (finally) Answered!”)
July 31, 2019

Posted on July 31, 2019 by Karen Crawford On July 2, 2019, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals denied a petition brought by an environmental group for review of EPA’s Transfer-Based Exclusion for secondary hazardous materials in California Communities Against Toxics v. EPA (D.C. Cir. July 2, 2019) (No. 18-1163). ...


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Does anyone remember consensus?
October 1, 2021

Posted on October 1, 2021 by Dennis H. Treacy In today’s polarized world, it is increasingly difficult to find common ground on environmental issues.  Pipelines are good. Pipelines are bad....

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Do You Know Your Blue Food?
September 30, 2021

Posted on September 30, 2021 by Robin Kundis Craig If you’re like me, the phrase “blue food” conjures images of the decidedly unnatural blue raspberry flavor found in slushes,...

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How Safe is Your WOTUS Harbor?
September 21, 2021

Posted on September 21, 2021 by Patrick Parenteau In 2005 the Corps of Engineers adopted a Regulatory Guidance Letter (RGL) providing that an “approved jurisdictional determination” (AJD) “will remain...

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Progressive New Jersey: The Garden State continues its environmental leadership by enacting forward-looking programs
September 17, 2021

Posted on September 17, 2021 by Dennis Krumholz New Jersey has been a leader in addressing the most significant environmental problems of the day.  Decades ago, for example, four...

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The Battle for Carlin Lake
September 13, 2021

Posted on September 13, 2021 by David Ullrich A small lake in Northern Wisconsin became the battleground for a classic showdown between a small group of cottage owners and...

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September 10, 2021

Posted on September 10, 2021 by Robert Wyman For Fellows of the American College, hardly a day passes without some thought about the changing climate and how together we...

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Where have we come from? What are we? Where are we going? With apologies to Paul Gauguin
September 9, 2021

Posted on September 9, 2021 by Tommy Lavender As we know, the serious foray into federal environmental protection began in the early 1970’s, before which even my own capital...

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Protection of Lawyers Against Defamation Actions Does Not Apply to Press Releases
September 7, 2021

Posted on September 7, 2021 by Irma Russell Last month, I served on a panel for the State Bar of Texas Environmental Law Superconference, which focused on an important...

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It’s Important to Acknowledge Good News — The End of Leaded Gasoline
September 3, 2021

Posted on September 3, 2021 by Seth Jaffe As climate change rightly has dominated recent discussions of environmental policy, it’s been easy to forget how much progress has been...


October 13, 2021

(Washington, DC): The American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL) is proud to announce its newly elected Officers and Regents,...

The American College of Environmental Lawyers Announces Newly-Elected Fellows for 2021
August 2, 2021

The American College of Environmental Lawyers is proud to announce that this year it has elected 22 new Active...