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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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Ohio District Court Confirms its Ruling That CERCLA Does Not Apply to Disposal of A “Naturally Occurring” Hazardous Substance
August 3, 2021

Posted on August 3, 2021 by Jennifer T. Nijman Finally, there is a substance that, when sent to a CERCLA Superfund Site, does not subject a party to liability....

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Is “Infrastructure Week” Hydropower’s Moment?
August 3, 2021

Posted on August 3, 2021 by Rick Glick As distinguished from the previous Administration’s oft announced but never followed through on “Infrastructure Weeks,” it appears the current Administration and...

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Water, Water Everywhere Nowhere, And Not a Drop To Drink
August 2, 2021

Posted on August 2, 2021 by Kevin R. Murray Early in my career, I was involved in a natural resource damages case seeking to establish the monetary value of...

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Who Can’t Get No Respect? Rodney Dangerfield and Offshore Wind Energy
July 30, 2021

Posted on July 30, 2021 by Jeff Thaler “I don’t get no respect” was comedian Rodney Dangerfield’s well-known catchphrase, and also the reason his 1981 album won a Grammy....

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The Gap Between PFAS Science and PFAS Legislation–Industry Place Your Bets
July 30, 2021

Posted on July 30, 2021 by Donald K. Shandy In the race to regulate PFAS substances, Congress’ actions have outpaced agency knowledge, leaving industry to wager on the outcome....

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July 29, 2021

Posted on July 29, 2021 by Kenneth J. Warren In an ACOEL blog posted on July 27, 2021, Seth Jaffe expressed his support for the Supreme Court’s majority opinion...

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Maui Needs a NPDES Permit; What’s Next for WOTUS?
July 27, 2021

Posted on July 27, 2021 by Seth Jaffe Last week, District Judge Susan Mollway ruled that the County of Maui must obtain a NPDES permit for discharges to groundwater...

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A Tempest over Moosehead Lake
July 22, 2021

Posted on July 22, 2021 by Jerry Reid If you’ve never been to Moosehead Lake in northwestern Maine, you really should go.  It’s a place of spectacular and unspoiled...

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Landmines For Your Landowner Liability Protections?
July 19, 2021

Posted on July 19, 2021 by Amy L. Edwards Every eight years, ASTM standard-setting committees are required to re-evaluate existing ASTM standards. The ASTM E1527-13 Standard Practice on Phase...


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...