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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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Rewilding: On Location in Chile
April 26, 2022

Posted on April 26, 2022 by Krista K. McIntyre Saving our planet requires a variety of activities. In Chacabuco Valley, Chile, rewilding is the local focus. Rewilding is eco-centric...

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Environmental Response Trusts: Surrogate for Federal and State Regulators?
April 14, 2022

Posted on April 14, 2022 by Elliott P. Laws A common result of corporate bankruptcies is the creation of environmental response trusts or “ERTs”. ERTs are created to address...

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Will the Senate Take Bold Action on Climate Change?
April 8, 2022

Posted on April 8, 2022 by Leslie Carothers The brutal Russian assault on Ukraine has commanded center stage on big issues affecting the United States and the world. Certainly...

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Earthx2022 Law Symposium – April 21, 2022
April 1, 2022

Posted on April 1, 2022 by Allan Gates On April 21, Earthx2022 will feature a law symposium, entitled “Responsible Corporate Conduct and the Environment—The “E” of ESG.”  The symposium is...

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WOTUS: What to Watch For in 2022
March 30, 2022

Posted on March 30, 2022 by Chester Babst In 2022, the on-going debate will continue over the hotly contested definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS), a phrase...

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SEC Proposes New Climate-Related Risk Disclosure Rule
March 23, 2022

Posted on March 23, 2022 by Karen Aldridge Crawford On Monday, March 21, 2022, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced issuance of a proposed new climate-related financial risk...

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Attend the International Summit on Plastic Pollution
March 14, 2022

Posted on March 14, 2022 by Mary Ellen Ternes and Seth Jaffe The ACOEL wishes to invite you to attend virtually the International Summit on Plastic Pollution, From Research...

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Can Standing Trees Be Taken?
March 10, 2022

Posted on March 10, 2022 by Jeffrey Haynes A recent Sixth Circuit decision holding unconstitutional a municipal tree ordinance that required mitigation or payment as a condition of tree...

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Environmental Justice in New Jersey: Another Hurdle for an Applicant to Jump and an Opportunity for Enhanced Public Participation
March 10, 2022

Posted on March 10, 2022 by Edward A. Hogan In enacting its innovative Environmental Justice Law, the New Jersey state legislature declared, among other things, that: “all New Jersey...


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...