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  • Meet Our New Ocean and Coastal Law Fellow: Samantha Hamilton
  • September 26th, 2022 — Category: Miscellaneous

  • Meet our new Ocean and Coastal Law Fellow: Samantha Hamilton! We asked Samantha several questions to get to know her better.


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  • California Passes Plastic Pollution Prevention and Packaging Producer Responsibility Act
  • August 16th, 2022 — by Kennady Hertz — Category: Miscellaneous

  • California recently passed an extended producer responsibility law, SB 54, that shifts the “plastic pollution burden” from consumers and local governments to producers in the plastics industry.


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  • Court Says Happy the Elephant is Not a Person
  • August 4th, 2022 — by Kennady Hertz — Category: Miscellaneous

  • Happy, a female Asian elephant born in 1971, recently became a major subject of debate for what species should have legal personhood.


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  • Supreme Court Issues Ruling in West Virginia v. EPA Case
  • August 2nd, 2022 — by Betsy Randolph — Category: Environmental Law

  • On June 30, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 6-3 decision in West Virginia v. EPA ruling that the Clean Air Act (CAA) § 111(d) did not authorize the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to implement a generation shifting approach that directed power plants to use clean energy sources over time.


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  • Supreme Court Clarifies Scope of Landmark McGirt Ruling
  • July 29th, 2022 — by Zachary Evans — Category: Miscellaneous

  • In June 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court released its 5-4 decision in Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta. The Court found the federal government and states both have authority to prosecute non-Indians for crimes committed against Indians in Indian Country (or, all land located within the boundaries of an Indian reservation).


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  • NPDES Permit Issued for Aquaculture Activities in the Gulf of Mexico
  • June 29th, 2022 — by Betsy Randolph — Category: Aquaculture

  • On June 8, 2022, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a five-year National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for Ocean Era’s offshore aquaculture project in the Gulf of Mexico.


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