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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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The Senate Ratifies the Kigali Amendment: Is Bipartisan Climate Action Possible?
September 23, 2022

Posted on September 23, 2022 by Seth Jaffe Earlier this week, the Senate ratified the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol.  The amendment, which has already been ratified by most other countries, will result in the phase-out of hydrofluorocarbons, a group of potent greenhouse gases.  Substantively, this is a...

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EPA Proposes to List PFOA and PFOS as Hazardous Substances: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
September 06, 2022

Posted on September 6, 2022 by Seth Jaffe EPA announced late last month that it is proposing to list PFOA and PFAS as hazardous substances under CERCLA.  EPA appears to be sanguine about how the listing will play out in the real world. “EPA is focused on holding responsible...

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“The Major Questions Doctrine” by the Supremes
February 17, 2022

Posted on February 17, 2022 by Ridge Hall On January 13, 2022, the Supreme Court stayed OSHA’s emergency temporary Covid protection standard for employers of at least 100 people....

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Iowa Supreme Court 2 – Raccoon River 0
February 11, 2022

Posted on February 11, 2022 by Allan Gates Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement v. State of Iowa The Iowa Supreme Court has done it again.  By a narrowly divided...

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EPA’s FY 2021 Enforcement Results: Insights for Clean Air Act Enforcement
February 1, 2022

Posted on February 1, 2022 by Carol F. McCabe When it comes to enforcement initiatives, EPA’s priorities are clear. EPA’s National Enforcement Initiatives are announced on a three-year cycle,...

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Promoting Public Awareness of Sewage Pollution in Massachusetts: An Opportunity Squandered
February 1, 2022

Posted on February 1, 2022 by Robert D. Cox, Jr. Growing up in Massachusetts, we always “understood” that water we swam and recreated in was, well, “dirty.” At Fenway...

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What’s Up With the Supreme Court?
January 31, 2022

Posted on January 31, 2022 by Seth Jaffe As everyone knows, the Supreme Court has teed up West Virginia v. EPA, which challenges EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases,...

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Isn’t It Ironic?
January 25, 2022

Posted on January 25, 2022 by Lynn L. Bergeson The Biden Administration’s U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is laser focused on achieving several “whole-of-government” priorities: addressing climate change, identifying...

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Ghost Wolves and Genetic Reliquaries
January 20, 2022

Posted on January 20, 2022 by Tracy Hester Beachcombers in Galveston has been seeing ghosts of a biologic sort.  For nearly a decade, wild dogs that vividly resemble endangered...

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FROM THE MISSOURI AND MADISON RIVERS TO MAIN STREAM ENVIRONMENTAL CONSIDERATIONS: Who owns and controls the Stream-Bed?
January 19, 2022

Posted on January 19, 2022 by Earl Phillips As we approach the tenth anniversary of the unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decision in PPL Montana, LLC v. Montana, 565 US...

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COP26 Retrospective: Historical Turning Point Toward a Sustainable Future?
January 18, 2022

Posted on January 18, 2022 by Daniel C. Esty When the history of the global shift toward a clean energy economy and a sustainable future gets written decades from...


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ACOEL Announces Newly-Elected Fellows for 2022
August 12, 2022

August 12, 2022For Immediate ReleaseContact: admin@acoel.org (Washington, DC): The American College of Environmental Lawyers is proud to welcome 25...

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...