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Agriculture & The Paris Climate Agreement

By: Jessie Gittemeier; Brigit Rollins   The Paris Climate Agreement (Paris Agreement) is an international treaty to address climate change. It...

The Public Domain: Basics of the Public Trust Doctrine

One of the main underpinnings of environmental law in the United States is the Public Trust Doctrine (“PTD”). The doctrine, which...

In the Dirt: Introduction to Sodbuster

The Farm Bill of 1985 is known for introducing several conservation programs which are still in use by agricultural producers today....

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The Deal with Dicamba: Updates from the First Quarter of 2021

For many reasons, 2020 was a noteworthy year. One of those reasons was the developments in many on-going dicamba litigations. From...

Clearing the Air: Maryland Court Finds State Must Regulate Gaseous Ammonia Under CWA

A judge in a Maryland Circuit Court ruled in a decision released earlier this month that the state of Maryland must...

Hot Topics in Environmental Law: Recent Developments in 2021

The beginning of 2021 has seen major developments in several ongoing issues involving environmental laws and regulations. Many of these developments...

The Clean Water Act, the Corps, & Section 404

The Clean Water Act of 1972 (“CWA”) is the principal statute governing water quality in the United States. The goal of...

Environmentalists Challenge EPA Over Flood Project

A coalition of environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) over the agency’s decision to revoke a...

Ninth Circuit Upholds Decision to Vacate General CWA Permit

On February 11, 2021, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court opinion finding that a nationwide Clean Water...

Building Blocks: Basics of CSP

Often referred to as the largest conservation program by acreage in the United States, the Conservation Stewardship Program (“CSP”) implemented by...

Pressing Pause: EPA Asks DOJ to Seek Stays of Litigation

On January 21, 2021, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) sent a letter to the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) requesting stays for...

Overview of Trump Administration’s Environmental “Midnight Regulations”

As the United States prepares to switch from one presidential administration to the next, the out-going Trump Administration is working to...

Making Waves: EPA Issues Draft of Proposed Guidance for “County of Maui” Case

On December 10, 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) published a draft guidance in the Federal Register clarifying how the agency...

Registration Review: EPA Finds Endangered Species May Be Harmed By Glyphosate

In November, 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) released a draft Biological Evaluation (“BE”) assessing the risks posed to species listed...

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The Deal With Dicamba: Lawsuit Challenges Registration, EPA Changes FIFRA Policy

In late October, 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) announced that it had renewed the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act...

Pesticide Litigation: Chlorpyrifos Under Fire

Two lawsuits have recently been filed in California state courts against Corteva Inc. (“Corteva”), the corporation which manufactures the pesticide chlorpyrifos....

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The Deal With Dicamba: EPA Approves Dicamba Pesticides for 2021 and Beyond

On October 27, 2020 the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) announced that it had approved three dicamba-based pesticides for over-the-top use on...

Stuck in the Swamp? Overview of the Minimal Effect Exemption Under Swampbuster

The Food Security Act of 1985 (“1985 Farm Bill”) established the Highly Erodible Lands and Wetlands Conservation program that relates to...

Water Rights Dispute: Public Trust Doctrine in Front of NV Supreme Court

On September 17, 2020, the Nevada Supreme Court issued an opinion answering two questions posed to it by the United States...