Trump Administration Wades into the Murky Legal Territory of the Clean Water Act

By Tim Featherston*  President Trump’s appointment of Scott Pruitt, a long-time legal adversary of the EPA, to head the agency was seen as a clear sign of the administration’s intentions to roll back the environmental regulation put in place under the Obama Administration.[1] The first target appears to be the Obama Administration’s interpretation of the […]

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The Movement Against the Dakota Access Pipeline: Where do we go from here?

By John Petoskey* On December 4th, 2016, the Army Corps of Engineers—acting under the Obama Administration—announced that it would not be granting the easement for Dakota Access LLC to build a pipeline under Lake Oahe in North Dakota.[1] The corps instead changed course and moved to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and explore alternate routes.[2] An […]

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From Carcasses to Chickienobs: Embracing Cultured Meat

By Mitchell Gilburne* Documented evidence of the environmental and ethical consequences of the Factory Farming System are manifold[1] and yet our nation-wide appetite for animal protein will not abate. Once, the Thanksgiving Turkey and the Christmas Ham were extravagances to be grateful for. Now, we expect them to be bigger, juicier, and even more golden […]

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Stimulating the Superfund: How to Reinvigorate CERCLA

By Manas Kumar* Upon seeing a hazardous waste site, our moral impulse calls for the polluters to pay. Federal law endorses this view. The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (“CERCLA”) mandates that parties responsible (“PRPs”) pay to decontaminate waste sites under the “Polluter Pays” principle.[i] While socially beneficial, supportive of personal responsibility, […]

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State Schemes to Encourage Renewable Energy: A New Friend on the High Court?

By Kyle Smith* Some state policymakers have increasingly strong incentives for encouraging greater production of energy through clean and renewable sources. The southwestern United States, with its abundant sunlight, can greatly increase the amount of energy produced through solar power.[i] The Midwest and Rocky Mountains states, with their strong, steady winds, can also increase energy production […]

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