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Professor Lazarus on Murr v. Wisconsin and Regulatory Takings

On June 23, 2017, the Supreme Court upheld Wisconsin and St. Croix County land use regulations written to protect a Wild and Scenic River. Professor Richard Lazarus argued the case on behalf of the regulators before the Supreme Court in March. Justice Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, finding that the state and local regulations preventing separate […]

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Well Wishes to Kate Konschnik in New Post

Kate Konschnik, who has served as the Director of the Law School’s Environmental Policy Initiative since 2012, and most recently as Executive Director of the Program, will leave HLS for a new post at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University. “Kate has done a tremendous job for us at HLS, launching […]

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Beagle/HLS Fellowship at NRDC

Application Deadline Extended to 10/27/2017 History and Purposes The Beagle/HLS Fellowship at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) provides graduating HLS students and recent alumni with a two-year funded litigation position at NRDC. The Fellowship was established by a generous gift to Harvard Law School by the Beagle Foundation that was created by Joy Covey […]

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Freeman on the Uncomfortable Convergence of Energy and Environmental Law

In her latest Harvard Environmental Law Review article, Archibald Cox Professor of Law Jody Freeman examines the relationship between energy and environmental law, two historically disparate fields, which some scholars suggest have been “converging” in recent years. Freeman offers a more tempered view, arguing that true “convergence” between energy and environmental law remains elusive. Using detailed examples from some of the most prominent […]

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Fracking and Drinking Water: Konschnik Speaks at NGA’s Water Policy Institute

ELP Executive Director Kate Konschnik spoke at the National Governors Association’s Water Policy Institute in Annapolis on August 8, about protecting drinking water while developing shale energy. The National Governors Association hosted the two-day conference to inform state advisers about new research and best practices in water management, covering topics such as infrastructure, conservation, financing, […]

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Regulating Stability: Konschnik on Fracking, Earthquakes, and Compensation

Earthquakes increased in number and geographic distribution in the US between 2009 and 2015. In 2009, Oklahoma had 20 earthquakes of 3.0 magnitude or greater. That number jumped to 585 in 2014—triple the rate of similarly sized earthquakes in California—and 907 in 2015. In many cases, the quakes appear to be “induced” by hydraulic fracturing […]

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Konopacky Hosts Briefing for Hill Staff on Clean Water and the Farm Bill

On July 11, Environmental Policy Initiative attorney and watershed policy fellow Jamie Konopacky traveled to Washington, DC to host briefings on and off Capitol Hill for Congressional staff and environmental and policy groups. 25 key agriculture staff from Democratic and Republic offices and several groups attended the events. Briefing participants were introduced to the new […]

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Konopacky Talks Clean Water: How Wisconsin Shows the Way Forward

Runoff carrying nutrients and sediment from urban and agricultural areas impairs water quality across the US. Managing this pollution can be very challenging, but attorney and Environmental Policy Initiative Fellow Jamie Konopacky suggests a better way forward using Wisconsin as a case study. In her new article “Battling the (Algae) Bloom: Watershed Policies and Plans in Wisconsin,” in […]

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Professor Lazarus Notches Supreme Court Victory for Land Use Regulation

On June 23, 2017, the Supreme Court upheld Wisconsin and St. Croix County land use regulations written to protect a Wild and Scenic River. Professor Richard Lazarus argued the case on behalf of the regulators before the Supreme Court in March.Justice Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, finding that the state and local regulations preventing separate […]

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Policy Initiative Releases Report on Alternative Dispute Resolution at Public Utility Commissions

The Policy Initiative released a report on the use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) at public utility commissions (PUCs). ADR processes and practices offer informal means for settling conflicts, sharing information, and reaching consensus on public policy. The report discusses considerations for using ADR at Commissions and highlights how regulators across the country incorporate ADR […]

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