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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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Bounty laws and citizen suits
May 24, 2023

Posted May 24, 2023 by Tracy Hester In a jurisprudential pile-up, the Fifth Circuit has become the arena for two simultaneous legal battles that may shape the law of standing and realign federal environmental law.  While all eyes are on the U.S. Supreme Court as it releases backlogged decisions...

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The Supreme Court Majority Prepares to Bury Chevron; Is There Anyone Left to Praise It?
May 05, 2023

Posted on May 5, 2023, by Seth Jaffe Earlier this week, the Supreme Court accepted cert. in Lopez Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo, which presents a straightforward challenge to the continuing viability of Chevron.  The question presented was: Whether the Court should overrule Chevron or at least clarify that statutory...


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Food is finally on the table of global environmental summits, but to what end?
December 23, 2022

Posted on December 23, 2022 by Smita Narula Industrial food systems are responsible for one-third of greenhouse gas emissions and are a key driver of deforestation and biodiversity loss,...

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Another Day Older and Deeper in (Carbon) Debt
December 20, 2022

Posted on December 20, 2022 by Seth Jaffe The International Energy Agency has released its 2022 Coal analysis and forecast.  It is sobering. By the time 2022 is over,...

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The Agony of Defeat (Devices)
December 19, 2022

Posted on December 19, 2022 by Sam Gutter I’ve been engaged in issues involving mobile sources for more than 40 years.  For much of that time, most of the...

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Our Environmental Statutes Are Broken
December 12, 2022

Posted on December 12, 2022 by Seth Jaffe A few weeks ago, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals granted a writ of mandamus to the Center for Biological Diversity,...

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Is PFAS Hype Causing Irrational Decisions?
December 5, 2022

Posted on December 5, 2022 by John V. Byl The intense focus on PFAS compounds in recent years, and particularly PFOA and PFOS, is undeniable. There have been several...

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Heavy, Sticky, and Sometimes Icky
November 29, 2022

Posted on November 29, 2022 by Kevin R. Murray The road seems heavy and sticky, take time to reach out to other Fellows, and for our own mental health,...

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A Few Certain Things – Taxes, Hydrogen, Natural Gas, and Climate Change?
November 28, 2022

Posted on November 28, 2022 by Donald C. Bluedorn II On November 3, 2022, Pennsylvania Governor Wolf signed House Bill 1059, which amends the Commonwealth’s Tax Reform Code and,...

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CERCLA Has Never Been a “Polluter Pays” Statute
November 18, 2022

Posted on November 18, 2022 by Seth Jaffe Environment and Energy Report (subscription required) had a story yesterday about growing opposition to EPA’s proposal to list two PFAS compounds,...

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Permitting Reform after Inflation Reduction Act?
November 9, 2022

Posted on November 9, 2022 by Bill Brownell On October 12th, the Biden Administration announced an “Action Plan” to accelerate infrastructure development following enactment of the Inflation Reduction Act...


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...