Category Archives: Clinic News

Clinic and Environmental Law Institute Submit Comments on Proposed Regulations to Implement the Fishery Management Plan for Regulating Offshore Aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico

The Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic, in collaboration with the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), submitted comments today on regulations proposed by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to implement the Fishery Management Plan for Regulating Offshore Aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico (FMP).  While the proposed regulations represent a positive first attempt to implement […]

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Clinic Submits Comments on Proposed Rulemaking Regarding Oil Spill Response Planning by Railroads

The Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic, in collaboration with Earthjustice, the Sierra Club, ForestEthics, and Oil Change International submitted comments today on an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking issued by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) on potential revisions to its rules establishing the threshold […]

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Clinic Releases Report on Microgrids in Massachusetts

The Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic released a new report today, Massachusetts Microgrids: Overcoming Legal Obstacles, which summarizes the conclusions of the Clinic’s research into legal constraints on the ownership structure of microgrids in Massachusetts.  The Clinic undertook this work at the behest of the City of Boston, to help promote the development of microgrids […]

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Barron Fellows Reflect on Their Work With the Emmett Environmental Clinic

Our summer Barron Fellows were recently interviewed by the HLS Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs. Fellows were asked to reflect on how their work with the Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic has prepared them for their summer jobs and helped them achieve their career goals. The Fellows all agreed that the clinic […]

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Clinic Students Visit Historic Dam That They Seek to Protect

Clinic students Sarah Peterson (JD ’15) and Albert Teng (JD ’15) started their academic year seeing the real world impact of their work. First, they attended oral arguments in the case of United States Department of the Interior v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission before the First Circuit Court of Appeals (No. 13-2439). Second, the Clinic […]

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Green Infrastructure Certification Report Released

The Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic and the Environmental Policy Initiative released a new report, Certifications for Green Infrastructure Professionals – The Current State, Recommended Best Practices, and What Governments Can Do to Help.  The report surveys the current state of Green Infrastructure (GI) professional certification programs, discusses obstacles to the development of widely […]

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Clinic Releases Revised Edition of Its Fracking Guide for Landowners

The Clinic released a newly revised edition of its fracking guide today, entitled A Landowner’s Guide to Hydraulic Fracturing: Addressing Environmental and Health Issues in Oil and Gas Leases (Revised Edition, July 2014).  This expanded version of the guide builds upon the previous edition.  In particular, it is aimed at landowners across the country and […]

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New Report on Regional and Municipal Stormwater Management

The Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic and the Environmental Policy Initiative released a new report, Regional and Municipal Stormwater Management: A Comprehensive Approach.  This report analyzes options for addressing stormwater pollution at both the regional and municipal level, encourages the adoption of green infrastructure by municipalities as a stormwater pollution reduction strategy, and recommends that […]

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The Clinic and Policy Initiative Release New Report on Responding to Landowner Complaints from Oil and Gas Activity

The Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic and the Environmental Policy Initiative released a new report today, Responding to Landowner Complaints of Water Contamination from Oil and Gas Activity: Best Practices.  The report provides recommendations for state lawmakers and agencies to consider implementing to develop robust, comprehensive policies for responding to landowner complaints.  If adopted, these […]

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Clinic Amicus Brief Referenced During Supreme Court Oral Argument

During oral argument in UARG v. EPA, the greenhouse gas permitting case before the U.S. Supreme Court, Solicitor General Don Verrilli, arguing on behalf of EPA, cited the Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic’s amicus brief. The clinic’s brief was filed on behalf of Calpine Corp., a Fortune 500 utility company, and described and defended the […]

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