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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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The Infrastructure Bill is a Bonanza for Abandoned Coal Mined Lands Reclamation
December 10, 2021

Posted on December 10, 2021 by Robert Uram On November 15, 2021, President Biden signed H.R. 3685, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Title VII of H.R. 3685 appropriates...

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Environmental Justice and the Era of “Woke” Permitting
November 29, 2021

Posted on November 29, 2021 by Steven Kohl There is no question the policy considerations underlying Environmental Justice (EJ) are valid. As a society, we need to recognize that...

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NEW YORK’S CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO THE ENVIRONMENT
November 24, 2021

Posted on November 24, 2021 by Nicholas A. Robinson On November 4th, by a 2:1 majority, New York voters amended the State’s Constitution to provide a right to the...

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EPA Proposes to Use Science to Identify Waters of the United States. I’m Shocked, Shocked.
November 23, 2021

Posted on November 23, 2021 by Seth Jaffe Last week, EPA and the Army Corps proposed a new rule to define what constitutes “waters of the United States.”  Déjà...

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When it comes to Waters of the United States, the Best Available Science is important – but what about that pesky Commerce Clause?
November 23, 2021

Posted on November 23, 2021 by Jeff Porter Last week EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers published their most recent proposed definition of “Waters of the United States”,...

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GIVING THANKS
November 22, 2021

Posted on November 22, 2021 by Sarah Chasis Utilizing his authority under the Antiquities Act, President Biden recently issued a proclamation restoring protections for the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts...

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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...

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PEOPLE POLLUTION: HAS PUBLIC NUISANCE LAW BEEN STRETCHED TOO FAR?
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...

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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...


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,...