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Environmental Deconfliction 2020: The National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2020

December 2020

Citation: ELR 10983

Author: Rachel Jacobson and Matthew F. Ferraro

As in prior years, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 contains a variety of provisions setting U.S. Department of Defense priorities for energy, environmental, and natural resource issues. These include measures that represent some degree of consensus on these often-politicized topics. In this Article, the third 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 U.S. Department of Defense deputy general counsel for environment, energy, and installations, is special counsel at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, a member of the boards of the Council on Strategic Risks and the Environmental Law Institute, and a member of the American College of Environmental Lawyers. Matthew F. Ferraro is counsel at the firm, a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a visiting fellow at the National Security Institute at George Mason University.

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