ELI In the News

Water Finance & Management
February 6, 2020

Diverting food waste feedstocks like fats, oils and grease, food scraps, and food processing residuals to anaerobic digestion at water resource recovery facilities (WRRFs) can provide significant benefits to WRRF finances, as well as to the environment and community, according to a recent report from the Water Research Foundation and the Environmental Law Institute. . . .

The Hill (OpEd by Alejandro E. Camacho & Robert L. Glicksman)
January 18, 2020

The Trump administration has fired the latest salvo in its never-ending assault on environmental safeguards: a proposal from the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) to overhaul its regulations governing federal agency compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).  . . .

E&E ClimateWire (by Jennifer Hijazi)
January 7, 2020

While U.S. courts continue to grapple with a burgeoning body of climate litigation, attorneys for the nation's top law firms are turning to legal advocacy to help address the consequences of a warming planet. The American Bar Association last summer adopted a resolution enshrining goals for legal practitioners to use their resources and expertise to bolster clean energy projects and support emissions reductions (Climatewire, Aug. 14, 2019). Attorneys across the country have been taking up the mantle. . . .

Bloomberg Environment (Stephen Lee)
January 6, 2020

The Trump administration’s proposal to remake the rules governing environmental permitting will state that a project’s effects on the environment will only be considered if they are “reasonably foreseeable” and causally linked to the project, according to a draft memo seen by Bloomberg Environment. . . .

Bloomberg Environment & Energy Report (by Stephen Lee)
January 2, 2020

The Trump administration’s upcoming plan to speed environmental permitting won’t increase pollution or harm endangered species, said Mary B. Neumayr, the president’s top environmental adviser. The Council on Environmental Quality, which Neumayr leads as chairman, is trying to change the rules under the National Environmental Policy Act so projects can get reviewed faster. The 2018 advance notice of the proposal said the changes would also ensure reviews are done more efficiently and effectively. . . .

Forbes (by Jeff McMahon)
December 3, 2019

When the Environmental Law Institute compiled its more than 1,000-page compendium of pathways to decarbonize the United States, its editors asked the 58 chapter authors to recommend changes in law. The result is more than 1,500 adjustments to law that could reduce the nation’s collective carbon footprint, many of which call for repealing laws entirely. “What surprised me a bit reading the chapters, editing the chapters, was the extent to which the chapters said, look, on hydropower, on nuclear power, on distributed renewables, on utility-scale renewables, on carbon capture, law is getting in the way,” said editor John Dernbach, a professor of environmental law at Widener University. “And it turned out that removal of legal barriers is worth identifying as an additional legal tool.” . . .

Harvard Magazine (by Cherone Duggan)
November 1, 2019

"The first man who, having enclosed a piece of ground, bethought himself of saying, ‘This is mine,’ and found people simple enough to believe him, was the real founder of civil society.” So argued Jean-Jacques Rousseau in 1754. And so bemoans anyone who wants to tackle the might of NIMBYism and local property rights in the global fight against climate change today. . . .

Waste Dive (by E.A. Crunden)
October 25, 2019

When it comes to plastics policy, recent momentum appears to be on the side of environmentalists. Bans and taxes on plastic bags are increasingly common across the United States and in other countries, while items like plastic straws are growing more controversial. Those worried about potential pollution and toxicity associated with plastics see the trend as critical to rectifying environmental issues. But during a recent afternoon panel in Washington, D.C., members of the industry pushed back on that narrative. . . .

LSU Law
October 23, 2019

At a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, Oct. 22, the Environmental Law Institute honored LSU Law Professor Nick Bryner with an Environmental Futures Award, which the nonprofit presents to “the next generation of leaders striving to address the environmental challenges of tomorrow.” Bryner spent a year working for the Environmental Law Institute after graduating from George Washington University Law School in 2012, but his interest in environmental issues that affect public health was sparked long before then. . . .

Logistics Viewpoints (by Chris Cunnane)
October 11, 2019

During a lunchtime keynote at the GreenTech 2019 conference, hosted by the Environmental Law Institute in Seattle, Amazon Prime Air vice president Gur Kimchi laid out the company’s vision for drone deliveries. Amazon looks at drone deliveries in a few ways. First, especially with all the attention being paid to environmental protection, every drone delivery is “a package not delivered by a car.” . . .