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Environmental Deconfliction 2019: The National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2019

March 2019

Citation: ELR 10220

Author: Rachel Jacobson and Matthew F. Ferraro

As in prior years, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 contains a variety of provisions setting U.S. Department of Defense priorities for energy, environmental, and natural resource issues. These include measures that touch on climate change and infrastructure investment, and that thus represent some degree of consensus on these often politicized topics. In this Article, the second in an annual series, the authors canvass how the Act addresses a host of issues in the areas of climate resiliency, energy management, hazardous substances, and environmental and natural resource management, and its implications for practitioners in these areas.

Rachel Jacobson, former Department of Defense Deputy General Counsel for Environment, Energy, and Installations, is Special Counsel at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP. Matthew F. Ferraro is a Senior Associate at the firm and a Visiting Fellow at the National Security Institute at George Mason University.

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