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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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State Constitutions to the Rescue?
August 27, 2021

Posted on August 27, 2021 by Michael B. Gerrard The constitutions of more than three-quarters of the countries on earth have explicit reference to environmental rights or responsibilities  In...

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August 25, 2021

Posted on August 25, 2021 by Richard M. Frank The American West is in the throes of a “megadrought”—one that’s plagued the region since 2000.  Indeed, the Western U.S....

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With Friends Like These . . . . Another Federal Appeals Court Takes Clean Water Act Enforcement Out of EPA’s Hands
August 19, 2021

Posted on August 19, 2021 by Jeff Porter This week the Sacketts of Idaho were handed their most recent litigation defeat by a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit...

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Does Pollution Make You Dumber? (And Other Questions About Exposure to Particulate Matter.)
August 18, 2021

Posted on August 18, 2021 by Seth Jaffe Most people other than Andrew Wheeler and the Trump Administration Clean Air Science Advisory Committee know that exposure even to low...

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Agricultural Air Pollution: A Brief Reprise
August 17, 2021

Posted on August 17, 2021 by Don Stever I previously wrote an ACOEL blog post that pointed out the relationship between meat agriculture and global warming. I will start...

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Reaffirms and Extends Landmark 2017 Public Trust Decision
August 16, 2021

Posted on August 16, 2021 by John Dernbach In May 1971, at the beginning of the modern environmental movement, Pennsylvania voters approved an Environmental Rights Amendment (ERA) to the...

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Climate Change Is Widespread, Rapid, and Intensifying — And Terrifying
August 10, 2021

Posted on August 10, 2021 by Seth Jaffe The IPCC has released its Sixth Assessment Report on the physical science basis of climate change.  I would say that it...

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ACOEL Posts Video of ACOEL-Columbia Univ-EDF-FANJ Joint Webinar on US-Cuba Environmental Cooperation
August 5, 2021

Posted on August 5, 2021 by David B. Farer Earlier this year, ACOEL co-sponsored and participated in a joint webinar with Columbia University, the Environmental Defense Fund, and the...

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Colorado Put the Institution in Institutional Controls
August 4, 2021

Posted on August 4, 2021 by Dan Miller Thirty-one years after enactment of CERCLA, most environmental practitioners take for granted that remedies at federal and state Superfund sites will...


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...