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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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Whales, Lobsters, and the Paradox of Winning Too Much
December 07, 2023

Posted on December 7, 2023 by Jerry Reid “We’re gonna win so much, you may even get tired of winning. And you’ll say, ‘Please, please. It’s too much winning. We can’t take it anymore.’”  That was what then-candidate Trump promised life would be like in America during his presidency. ...

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Is Litigation the Solution to Plastic Pollution?
November 17, 2023

Posted on November 17, 2023 by Seth Jaffe Earlier this week, New York State Attorney General Letitia James filed suit against PepsiCo.  At the core of the case are allegations that PepsiCo.’s widespread use of single-use plastics has created or contributed to a public nuisance in the Buffalo River. ...


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An Unexpected Journey:  Can Tree Sitting Drive Policy?
February 9, 2023

Posted on February 9, 2023 by Karl S. Coplan A year ago I retired from the active practice and teaching of environmental law to pursue a lifelong dream of...

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“. . . and the skies are not cloudy all day”: Tackling Contrails
February 8, 2023

Posted on February 8, 2023 by Susan M. Cooke On October 7, 2022, member states of the International Civil Aviation Organization adopted a long term aspirational goal (LTAG) of...

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Risky Business: Deciding Whether Chemicals Pose Risk Is Getting Really Confusing
January 27, 2023

Posted on January 27, 2023 by Lynn L. Bergeson Chemicals are the foundational origin of just about everything we enjoy and cannot live without. The federal law that authorizes...

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The Conundrum of Managed Retreat
January 20, 2023

Posted on January 20, 2023 by Elizabeth Andrews Should I stay or should I go now?If I go, there will be troubleAnd if I stay it will be double…(The...

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Backwards, forwards, square, and round. The battle over the reach of the Federal Clean Water Act continues.
January 12, 2023

Posted on January 12, 2023 by Jeff Porter Backwards, forwards, square and round.  So goes a lyric by the late great Jeff Beck who died this week. Mr. Beck...

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The Seemingly Endless Path to Define WOTUS
January 12, 2023

Posted on January 12, 2023 by Chester Babst The definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) determines federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act (CWA).  It affects U.S....

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ESG: What is the outlook?
January 11, 2023

Posted on January 11, 2023 by Bessie Daschbach Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) marked 2022 news headlines—and it wasn’t all good news. Among the many ESG developments was a...

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Marbury v. Chevron: The Ohio Constitution’s Separation of Powers Restricts Deference to Administrative Interpretations of Law
January 4, 2023

Posted on January 4, 2023 by Robert L. Brubaker Marbury v. Madison established that “t is emphatically the province and duty of the judicial department to say what the...

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From Dust You Were Made, From Dust You Shall Return: On Human Composting & Upcycling (in some cases)
December 27, 2022

Posted on December 27, 2022 by Marla E. Wieder New York State is on the verge of legalizing human composting. The bill (Assembly Bill A382 and the Senate version,...


October 17, 2023

October 17, 2023For Immediate ReleaseContact: (Washington, DC): The American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL) is proud to announce...

ACOEL Announces Newly-Elected Fellows for 2023
July 27, 2023

July 27, 2023For Immediate ReleaseContact: (Washington, DC): The American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL) is proud to welcome...