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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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Risky Business: Deciding Whether Chemicals Pose Risk Is Getting Really Confusing
January 27, 2023

Posted on January 27, 2023 by Lynn L. Bergeson Chemicals are the foundational origin of just about everything we enjoy and cannot live without. The federal law that authorizes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate industrial chemical substances is the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), an almost...

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The Conundrum of Managed Retreat
January 20, 2023

Posted on January 20, 2023 by Elizabeth Andrews Should I stay or should I go now?If I go, there will be troubleAnd if I stay it will be double…(The Clash) In the climate change resilience space, there is much talk of Managed Retreat – the concept that some areas...

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QUANTIFYING TRIBAL RESERVED WATER RIGHTS IN STATE WATER ADJUDICATIONS
August 25, 2022

Posted on August 25, 2022 by Tom Sansonetti The West’s Mega-Drought continues and in June 2022 the federal government’s Bureau of Reclamation sent notices to the Colorado River’s seven...

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Where Credits Could Be Due—an Ingenious, Proposal for Carbon Credits
August 23, 2022

Posted on August 23, 2022 By Brian Rosenthal An award winning paper from a national, student writing competition contains a thought-provoking proposal on creating a carbon credit bonus system...

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Progressive New Jersey, Take Two
August 22, 2022

Posted on August 22, 2022 by Dennis Krumholz Classical advice for the neophyte novelist is to “write what you know.”  Well, the same ought to hold true for blogs. ...

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The Ministry of Major Questions Is Open for Business
August 16, 2022

Posted on August 16, 2022 by J.B. Ruhl Now that Congress knows there is such a thing as the Major Questions Doctrine, what can Congress do about it? Think...

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When Is An Enforcement Action Not An Enforcement Action?
August 11, 2022

Posted on August 11, 2022 by Tommy Lavender Well, when the Fourth Circuit says a state enforcement action is not enough, it should be cause for concern. In the...

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MUCK ADO ABOUT SOMETHING
August 2, 2022

Posted on August 2, 2022 by Richard Horder Susan Cooke’s recent post about the importance of peatland for carbon sequestration took me back to my law school days when...

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Superfund $$ Lives on – to 2031 at least!
August 1, 2022

Posted on August 1, 2022 by Jennifer Nijman We’ve all read about the recent reinstatement of the taxes that fund the Comprehensive Environment Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA)....

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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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