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Climate Change Regulation Through Litigation: New York’s Investigation of ExxonMobil under the Martin Act

Posted by on Saturday, February 4th, 2017 in Environmental Law Review Syndicate, MJEAL Staff Posts, The MJEAL Blog | 0 comments

By Chris Erickson* In November 2015, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman began an investigation into whether ExxonMobil made public statements about climate change that conflicted with its own internal research.[1] Schneiderman issued a subpoena to ExxonMobil ordering production of documents related to its internal climate change research and the use of that research in […]

For the Birds: How to Regulate Industry under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act

Posted by on Monday, June 26th, 2017 in Administrative Law, Environmental Law, MJEAL Staff Posts, The MJEAL Blog | 0 comments

By Kate Peterson* In 1918, Congress passed the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) as a way to protect different species of migratory birds.[1] This act continues to have serious impacts on industry practices. The MBTA states that it is “unlawful at any time, by any means or in any manner, to pursue, hunt, take, capture, […]

Kids’ Lawsuit Over Climate Change

Posted by on Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 in Environmental Law, MJEAL Staff Posts, Reviews of Recent Cases, The MJEAL Blog | 0 comments

By Andrea Sinele* In Juliana v. United States, a group of twenty-one children ages nine to twenty-one, along with Dr. James Hansen, sued the fossil fuel industry and Executive Branch, specifically the President, the Department of Transportation, and the Environmental Protection Agency.[1] Plaintiffs allege that the offices have violated their fundamental right to a stable […]

The Unpaved Road to Recovery for Residents in the Flint Water Crisis

Posted by on Monday, June 19th, 2017 in Environmental Law, MJEAL Staff Posts, The MJEAL Blog | 0 comments

By André Rouillard* The refrain is a common one these days: It’s been almost three years since the Flint Water Crisis began, and residents of the city still do not have access to clean drinking water. A nightmare case of municipal mismanagement and negligence, the crisis’ damaging impact on the city’s residents and the region […]

The Challenges of Federalism in Environmental Regulations: Scott Pruitt and the EPA

Posted by on Thursday, June 15th, 2017 in Environmental Law, MJEAL News, The MJEAL Blog | 0 comments

By Allyson Beasley* On February 17, 2017 Congress confirmed former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, an outspoken critic of “federal overreach”[1] as the new Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.[2] The subsequent release of his close ties to major agricultural and oil and gas industry stakeholders[3], put the influence of extractive industries on environmental […]

GMOs and Act 120

Posted by on Monday, June 12th, 2017 in Administrative Law, Environmental Law, The MJEAL Blog | 0 comments

By Alexandra Noll* Genetically modified foods were approved for human consumption in the United States in 1996. [1] Such products were hailed as revolutionary in the agricultural world. Many were engineered to increase crop yields and to resist the use of pesticides and herbicides. Monsanto’s famed Roundup Ready soybeans came onto the market in 1996.[2] […]

Fintech Disruption: Balancing Financial Services Innovation and Regulation

Posted by on Thursday, June 8th, 2017 in Administrative Law, MJEAL Staff Posts, The MJEAL Blog | 0 comments

By Alex Kraik* The financial services sector, specifically banking, has been mostly impervious to new competition. This is due to regulatory bulwarks that create barriers to entry and the industry’s unique business model.[1]  However, over the past decade, the staid financial world has attracted new industry participants.  These interlopers are beginning to pose a serious […]

MS4 Regulation and Water Quality Standards

Posted by on Monday, June 5th, 2017 in Environmental Law, Environmental Law Review Syndicate, The MJEAL Blog | 0 comments

By Matt Carlisle* I.  Introduction: Storm water is a major polluter. As one judge put it, “Storm water runoff is one of the most significant sources of water pollution in the nation, at times ‘comparable to, if not greater than, contamination from industrial and sewage sources.’”[1] Storm water “runoff may contain or mobilize high levels […]

Texas Land Ownership

Posted by on Thursday, June 1st, 2017 in Environmental Law, The MJEAL Blog | 0 comments

By Alexandra Noll* Texas law creates a unique land ownership structure. Under Texas law, there are two different sets of rights that govern the use of land. The first is the “surface estate,” which allows for the owner to have dominion over the property, and the second is the “mineral estate,” which allows the owner […]

The SB 32 Scoping Plan Update, Waivers, and ZEVs

Posted by on Monday, May 29th, 2017 in Environmental Law, Environmental Law Review Syndicate, The MJEAL Blog | 0 comments

By Garrett Lenahan* I.  Scoping Plan Background Two prominent pieces of Californian legislation that seek to address climate change are Assembly Bill 32 (“AB 32”) and Senate Bill 32 (“SB 32”). AB 32 required California to reduce its greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions to the 1990 level by 2020. It tasked the Air Resources Board with […]

Trump and the Future of Climate Change

Posted by on Thursday, May 25th, 2017 in Environmental Law, The MJEAL Blog | 0 comments

By Jason Zhu* Now that Trump is our president, the next question is what he will do to the environment. President Trump famously coined climate change as a “Chinese hoax”[1] and, with a republican majority in both Houses, he now has the power and the popular mandate to debunk this “myth.” Like those who work […]