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Food Scrap Recycling: Opportunities and Realities

When food waste decomposes, it releases methane, a greenhouse gas with at least 25 times the warming potential of carbon dioxide. Municipalities and organizations are beginning to prioritize diverting food waste from landfills by...

Single-Use Plastics and the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is testing the balance between sustainability and human safety on a global scale. After more than six years of momentum for banning a variety of single-use plastic types, the pandemic brought many of these...

The Supreme Court Opens a Door in ARCO v. Christian, Part Two

In its Atlantic Richfield Co. v. Christian opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court addressed the timing of judicial review in the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), as well as landowners’...

The Supreme Court Opens a Door in Arco v. Christian, Part One

In its Atlantic Richfield Co. v. Christian opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court addressed the timing of judicial review in the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), as well as landowners’...

Patching a Persistent Problem: PFAS and RCRA’s Citizen Suit Provision

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a toxic, environmentally persistent class of chemicals that have been used widely in consumer products. Despite growing evidence of adverse health effects associated with PFAS exposure, the...

Failure to Notify: Exploring Charging and Sentencing Patterns in Superfund Criminal Prosecutions

This Comment explores charging and sentencing patterns in federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) prosecutions, and charts the evolution of how CERCLA has been used by U.S. Environmental...

Managing Marine Litter

Marine litter is human-created waste that has been discharged into the marine environment, including glass, metal, plastics, and other debris. According to data compiled by the United Nations, the equivalent of a garbage truck filled...

Should We Ban Single-Use Plastics?

Millions of tons of plastic enter the environment every year, killing wildlife, releasing toxins, clogging drains, and marring landscapes. Bans or restrictions on single-use plastics have exploded in popularity in recent years as a...

The D.C. Circuit Takes a Wrong Turn: Redefining Solid Waste Under RCRA

Under RCRA, EPA must impose rules for the control, management, and disposal of “hazardous waste.” The definition of solid waste (DSW) issue refers to a set of complex rules for determining whether recycled hazardous secondary materials...

Pollution Prevention and Rethinking "Waste"

“Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” is the call to arms of the mainstream environmental movement. While these actions may seem simple for households, decisions to reduce, reuse, and recycle in the commercial and industrial spheres require...

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