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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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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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Environmental Penalties: Disparity and Discretion
January 14, 2022

Posted on January 14, 2022 by Jerry L. Anderson Environmental law enforcement seeks to achieve greater compliance by punishing intentional violations and ensuring that violators do not achieve a...

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What’s the Big Deal With NEPA?
January 13, 2022

Posted on January 13, 2022 by Ezekiel J. Williams Congress passed, and President Richard Nixon signed, the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”) in 1970.  The legislation is deceptively simple,...

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Will the 30 x 30 Initiative Protect 30% of Freshwaters by 2030?
January 12, 2022

Posted on January 12, 2022 by Sandra B. Zellmer A global movement is underway to protect 30 percent of the Earth’s lands and waters by 2030. More than seventy...

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Lessons from the Pandemic About Making Decisions Without Statutes
January 11, 2022

Posted on January 11, 2022 by David G. Mandelbaum The New York Times recently published a column arguing that the movie “Don’t Look Up,” intended as an allegory about...

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Toppling Caligula’s Column: Seeking a Viable, Durable WOTUS Rule
January 10, 2022

Posted on January 10, 2022 by Zach Miller On December 7, 2021, EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers jointly issued a formal Proposed Rule to define “waters of...

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The Demise of Natural Gas Combined-Cycle Plant Development
January 7, 2022

Posted on January 7, 2022 by Eugene M. Trisko* The Biden Administration’s April 2021 pledge for new U.S. commitments to the Paris Agreement calls for an 80% reduction of...

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Climate Policy at 30: Glasgow Climate Pact
January 5, 2022

Posted on January 5, 2022 by Adam P. Kahn Each year since 1995, with the exception of 2020, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has hosted...

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January 4, 2022

Posted on January 4, 2022 by David M. Flannery While there are certainly voices that are urging that net-zero CO2 emissions can be achieved without reliance on fossil fuels,...

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The Internal Combustion Engine Is Bad For Your Health — What Should We Do About It?
December 22, 2021

Posted on December 22, 2021 by Seth Jaffe I’ve written a lot about how the developing science around particulate exposure supports making the PM2.5 NAAQS more stringent.  So it won’t come as...


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

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

December 1, 2021

December 1, 2021For Immediate ReleaseContact: (Washington, DC): The ACOEL Foundation, created by the American College of Environmental Lawyers...