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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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It ain’t over ‘til it’s over
May 25, 2022

Posted on May 25, 2022 by L. Mark Walker Twenty years ago I tried a jury trial which turned out to be a case study regarding the uncertainty of outcomes in litigation and the various twists and turns that lawsuits can take.  One of our local mediators often used...

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UN Special Rapporteur Targets ‘Sacrifice Zones’ Caused by the Ongoing Toxification of People and the Planet
May 19, 2022

Posted on May 19, 2022 by Susan Kath In his latest report, the sixth in a series of thematic reports, Professor David Boyd, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment celebrates a turning point in the evolution of human rights: the October 8, 2021 adoption by...

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Lessons from the Pandemic About Making Decisions Without Statutes
January 11, 2022

Posted on January 11, 2022 by David G. Mandelbaum The New York Times recently published a column arguing that the movie “Don’t Look Up,” intended as an allegory about...

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Toppling Caligula’s Column: Seeking a Viable, Durable WOTUS Rule
January 10, 2022

Posted on January 10, 2022 by Zach Miller On December 7, 2021, EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers jointly issued a formal Proposed Rule to define “waters of...

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The Demise of Natural Gas Combined-Cycle Plant Development
January 7, 2022

Posted on January 7, 2022 by Eugene M. Trisko* The Biden Administration’s April 2021 pledge for new U.S. commitments to the Paris Agreement calls for an 80% reduction of...

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Climate Policy at 30: Glasgow Climate Pact
January 5, 2022

Posted on January 5, 2022 by Adam P. Kahn Each year since 1995, with the exception of 2020, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has hosted...

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CAN NET-ZERO CO2 EMISSIONS BE ACHIEVED BY 2050 WITHOUT CCUS?
January 4, 2022

Posted on January 4, 2022 by David M. Flannery While there are certainly voices that are urging that net-zero CO2 emissions can be achieved without reliance on fossil fuels,...

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The Internal Combustion Engine Is Bad For Your Health — What Should We Do About It?
December 22, 2021

Posted on December 22, 2021 by Seth Jaffe I’ve written a lot about how the developing science around particulate exposure supports making the PM2.5 NAAQS more stringent.  So it won’t come as...

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All (New and Improved?) Appropriate Inquiry
December 17, 2021

Posted on December 17, 2021 by William L. Thomas ASTM announced revisions to its standard practice for Phase I environmental site assessments (E1527-21) on November 1, 2021 (the “Standard”)....

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Regional Haze Regulation: Visibility or climate change?
December 17, 2021

Posted on December 17, 2021 by F William Brownell The goal of the Clean Air Act’s visibility program is to achieve natural visibility conditions by 2064 in federal Class I...

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Right Whale in the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time
December 13, 2021

Posted on December 13, 2021 by Gregory Bibler On November 16, 2021, the First Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion reversing a district court’s order enjoining the National...


ACOEL PRESS RELEASES

AMERICAN COLLEGE OF ENVIRONMENTAL LAWYERS FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES NEWLY-ELECTED OFFICERS AND ADVISORY COUNCIL
December 1, 2021

December 1, 2021For Immediate ReleaseContact: admin@acoel.org (Washington, DC): The ACOEL Foundation, created by the American College of Environmental Lawyers...

AMERICAN COLLEGE OF ENVIRONMENTAL LAWYERS ANNOUNCES NEWLY ELECTED OFFICERS & REGENTS
October 13, 2021

(Washington, DC): The American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL) is proud to announce its newly elected Officers and Regents,...