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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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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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Maine’s Experiment in Tribal-State Collaboration
July 22, 2022

Posted on July 22, 2022 by Jerry Reid Tribal “consultation” or “collaboration” frameworks vary across the country.  Presidents Obama and Biden issued executive orders setting forth a consultation process...

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Much Ado About Not Much: West Virginia v. EPA
July 5, 2022

Posted on July 5, 2022 by Robert B. McKinstry, Jr. Many have characterized West Virginia v. EPA as a decision depriving EPA of an important tool to address climate...

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Environmental Justice Should Result in Solutions
July 1, 2022

Posted on July 1, 2022 by Kathy G. Beckett Recent releases by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may be received by the...

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Of Kings, Presidents, Butterflies and Lobster: A College Origin Fable
June 30, 2022

Posted on June 30, 2022 by Jeff Thaler Once upon a time, my College Sisters and Brothers, Mother Nature sensed a void in her world. She called upon her-mann...

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Improving EPA’s Latest Ozone Transport Rule
June 29, 2022

Posted on June 29, 2022 by Eugene M. Trisko* EPA’s latest proposed rule targeting NOx emissions from fossil-fueled electric generating units (EGUs) is a classic study of diminishing returns....

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Transforming your Closed Landfill in a “Power”ful way
June 21, 2022

Posted on June 21, 2022 by Heidi B. (Goldstein) Friedman Less than two weeks ago,  EPA released an updated version of their “RE-Powering Mapper” tool – How to Identify...

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Austin: A Battle Among Progressives
June 17, 2022

Posted on June 17, 2022 by Paul Seals The City of Austin has become a battleground for progressive initiatives.  On June 9, the City Council approved a resolution directed...

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The Absolute Pollution Exclusion is Not Quite Absolute
June 16, 2022

Posted on June 16, 2022 by Thomas M. Hnasko In my last blog, I noted that there is no case law under CERCLA analyzing whether an insurer may rely...

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Will Evidence of a Coming Apocalypse Change Human Behavior?
June 15, 2022

Posted on June 15, 2022 by Seth Jaffe I’m not much for apocalyptic thinking.  I don’t think it’s productive.  I have to confess, though, that this story about the...


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...