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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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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 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate industrial chemical substances is the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), an almost...

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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 Clash) In the climate change resilience space, there is much talk of Managed Retreat – the concept that some areas...


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Will the Senate Take Bold Action on Climate Change?
April 8, 2022

Posted on April 8, 2022 by Leslie Carothers The brutal Russian assault on Ukraine has commanded center stage on big issues affecting the United States and the world. Certainly...

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Earthx2022 Law Symposium – April 21, 2022
April 1, 2022

Posted on April 1, 2022 by Allan Gates On April 21, Earthx2022 will feature a law symposium, entitled “Responsible Corporate Conduct and the Environment—The “E” of ESG.”  The symposium is...

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WOTUS: What to Watch For in 2022
March 30, 2022

Posted on March 30, 2022 by Chester Babst In 2022, the on-going debate will continue over the hotly contested definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS), a phrase...

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SEC Proposes New Climate-Related Risk Disclosure Rule
March 23, 2022

Posted on March 23, 2022 by Karen Aldridge Crawford On Monday, March 21, 2022, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced issuance of a proposed new climate-related financial risk...

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Attend the International Summit on Plastic Pollution
March 14, 2022

Posted on March 14, 2022 by Mary Ellen Ternes and Seth Jaffe The ACOEL wishes to invite you to attend virtually the International Summit on Plastic Pollution, From Research...

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Can Standing Trees Be Taken?
March 10, 2022

Posted on March 10, 2022 by Jeffrey Haynes A recent Sixth Circuit decision holding unconstitutional a municipal tree ordinance that required mitigation or payment as a condition of tree...

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Environmental Justice in New Jersey: Another Hurdle for an Applicant to Jump and an Opportunity for Enhanced Public Participation
March 10, 2022

Posted on March 10, 2022 by Edward A. Hogan In enacting its innovative Environmental Justice Law, the New Jersey state legislature declared, among other things, that: “all New Jersey...

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March 9, 2022

Posted on March 9, 2022 by Jim Blackburn The following narrative was written by ACOEL Fellow Jim Blackburn, and is an extension of the “virus vigil” that was begun...

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Escaping the Plastic Web: Global Resolution to End Plastic Pollution
March 7, 2022

image: UNEP/Shawn Heinrichs Posted on March 7, 2022 by Mary Ellen Ternes While tragic global events make all news seem bad, there was some great news last week. As...


December 13, 2022

December 13, 2022For Immediate ReleaseContact: (Washington, D.C.): The ACOEL Foundation is proud to announce its 2022-2023 Officers and...

October 18, 2022

October 18, 2022For Immediate ReleaseContact: (Washington, DC): The American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL) is proud to announce...