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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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Extended Producer Responsibility Laws – Shifting EHS Costs
November 11, 2021

Posted on November 11, 2021 by Jim Bruen Extended producer responsibility laws are intended to place a significant share of the environmental costs of a product on the...

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Darkness, Darkness: Is Daylight Savings Time Good for the Environment?
November 8, 2021

Posted on November 8, 2021 by Sam Gutter Darkness comes early on Cape Cod, here at the eastern edge of the eastern time zone (only Maine is farther east). ...

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Let’s Turn Ag States Into Carbon Sinks
November 1, 2021

Posted on November 1, 2021 by Chuck Becker One of my favorite movies is The Graduate. There is a scene in that 1968 film where Ben (Dustin Hoffman) is...

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Columbia University Publishes Proceedings of ACOEL-Columbia Univ-EDF-FANJ Joint Webinar on US-Cuba Environmental Cooperation. Book Launch/Webinar is November 4, 2021
October 29, 2021

Posted on October 29, 2021 by David B. Farer Columbia University has published the proceedings from the February 22, 2021 joint webinar that ACOEL co-sponsored — with Columbia, the Environmental...

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Local Regulation of Fossil Fuel Pipelines (or The Little City That Could)
October 28, 2021

Posted on October 28, 2021 by Jonathan M. Ettinger With all the attention focused on the Keystone pipeline and the disputes over local regulation of fracking, it’s easy to...

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REGIONALLY-FOCUSED WOTUS ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS
October 26, 2021

Posted on October 26, 2021 by Ronald Janke The Army Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency have announced, 86 Federal Register 58829 (Oct. 25, 2021), that they will...

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COP 26 and Indigenous People
October 25, 2021

Posted on October 25, 2021 by Jeanette Wolfley Indigenous peoples are experiencing rising sea levels, relocating villages, declining salmon runs and failing wild rice fields. Tribal nations are on the...

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The Law Is An Ass, RCRA Edition
October 15, 2021

Posted on October 15, 2021 by Seth Jaffe Late last month, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a public water supplier could be liable in a citizens’...

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IMPROVING CONSULTATION WITH TRIBES IS AN EPA PRIORITY, BUT WHAT ABOUT IMPROVING STATE-TRIBAL ENGAGEMENT? RECENT ACTIONS BY MICHIGAN ARE WORTH CONSIDERATION
October 11, 2021

Posted on October 11, 2021 by Steve Chester On September 30, 2021, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan issued a memorandum to all EPA employees reaffirming the...


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,...