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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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A Truly Global Community of Environmental Law Scholars
July 16, 2021

Posted on July 16, 2021 by Robert Percival Earlier this month more than 300 professors and graduate students throughout the world participated in the first virtual colloquium of the...

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Taking a Five-Year-Old to Court: EPA’s First 10 Risk Evaluations Meet the Bench
July 12, 2021

Posted on July 12, 2021 by Alexandra Dapolito Dunn The 2016 Lautenberg Amendments turning five on June 22, 2021 provides a perfect opportunity to reflect on how this ambitious...

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July 2, 2021

Posted on July 2, 2021 by Paul Seals Texas is now the third state with an approved CCR permit program.  On June 28, 2021, the Environmental Protection Agency published...

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It’s Our Big Moment – Environmental Law’s Chance to Shine as the “E” in ESG
June 30, 2021

Posted on June 30, 2021 by Heidi B. (Goldstein) Friedman Picture the marquee surrounded by bright flashing lights as the Environmental, Social, and Governance (“ESG”) mandates, requirements and best...

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What does the Biden Administration want in a new global plastics treaty?
June 24, 2021

Posted on June 24, 2021 by Paul Hagen The Communique from President Biden and other world leaders attending the G-7 Summit earlier this month is the latest high-level signal...

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Ninth Circuit Finds No Sovereign Immunity Waiver For Tribes Under CWA
June 23, 2021

Posted on June 23, 2021 by Beth S. Ginsberg On June 23, 2021, the Ninth Circuit in Deschutes River All. v. Portland Gen. Elec. became the first court in...

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Renewable Energy? For some, the answer may not be blowing in the wind.
June 23, 2021

Posted on June 23, 2021 by Steven Miano The Biden administration has committed to significantly expanding development of renewable energy.  These projects, including solar and wind are welcomed by...

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Using Subject Matter Jurisdiction to Dump Inconvenient Cases
June 22, 2021

Posted on June 22, 2021 by Adam Babich Successful objections to subject matter jurisdiction can operate like a King’s-X for illegal behavior – a hole in the rule of...

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New Jersey Broadens Brownfield Redevelopment Incentives
June 17, 2021

Posted on June 17, 2021 by David B. Farer The New Jersey Economic Recovery Act of 2020 (ERA), signed into law by Governor Phil Murphy on January 7, 2021...


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...