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Staff Note: Where Do We Go From Here?: Expansion of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument

05.07.2015  |  Comments Off on Staff Note: Where Do We Go From Here?: Expansion of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument

Angela Warner In September 2014, President Obama expanded the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument (PRIMNM) to include 490,000 square nautical miles in the south-central Pacific Ocean, making it the largest marine protected area ... Continue Reading »

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Staff Note: Constructive Criticism on Building Better Waters: The Lack of Success Under The NPDES Stormwater Construction General Permit

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Amanda R. Langenheim Across the United States, some type of construction project takes place on a daily basis. An entrepreneur may build a new shopping center, a municipality may expand an interstate, or ... Continue Reading »

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Staff Note: Cow Pie Policy: The Reasoning of CARE v. Cow Palace Under RCRA and the Implications for Agricultural Manure Management

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Beriah Smith The agricultural industry is the last frontier of environmental law. It currently enjoys some kind of exemption or loophole under every major environmental statute.[1] Though these exemptions may have seemed reasonable in ... Continue Reading »

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Staff Note: DANGER! DANGER! DICTA! How to treat anonymous tips of drunk driving following Navarette v. California and why such treatment is not a “freedom destroying cocktail

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Andrew Snow Fifteen years ago, in Florida v. J.L., the United States Supreme Court held that an anonymous tip of gun possession, uncorroborated by police, did not create a reasonable suspicion of ongoing criminal ... Continue Reading »

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Staff Note: The Long and Winding Road: Easement Modification and the Future of Long Distance Hiking Trails

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Alexis Peters Vermont’s Long Trail is the oldest long-distance hiking trail in the country, but it may be lost because of an amendment to the state’s conservation easement statute.[1] Since 1930, the Trail has ... Continue Reading »

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Staff Note: Committee, President, and Congress: A Triangular Model to Explore the Inter-department Relationship in the CFIUS Scheme and the Viability of Judicial Review of Committee Actions

04.24.2015  |  Comments Off on Staff Note: Committee, President, and Congress: A Triangular Model to Explore the Inter-department Relationship in the CFIUS Scheme and the Viability of Judicial Review of Committee Actions

Shengzhi Wang On July 15, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D.C. Circuit) issued its opinion of Ralls Corporation v. Committee on Foreign Investment in the United ... Continue Reading »

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Staff Note: A Lesson From Icarus: How The Mandate For Rapid Solar Development Has Singed A Few Feathers

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Morgan Walton In February 2014, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (ISEGS) began operating as the world’s largest solar thermal power plant.[1] It was built on over 3,500 acres of federal public land in ... Continue Reading »

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Staff Note: Making Chicken Salad Out of Chicken Poop: An Attempt to Get Poultry Federal Humane Welfare Protection

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Rebecca Smith This Note concerns the lack of federal humane welfare protection for poultry. Currently there is no federal statute or regulation that mandates how to treat poultry while they are being raised, transported, ... Continue Reading »

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Staff Note: The Legal Role of Economic Viability in the Adirondack Park

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In 1894, New York State voters adopted a proposal to keep state land in the Adirondack Park “forever wild.”[1] This status was largely unthreatened until 1959, when Interstate 87—which runs along the eastern ... Continue Reading »

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Staff Note: Emerging From The Mire: Using Public Shaming After An Oil Spill To Yield Informed Decisions And Alter Behavior

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Rachel Stewart Every year, there are about 14,000 oil spills within the United States alone.[1] There are approximately “25 spills per day into navigable waters and an estimated 75 spills on land.”[2] Yet few ... Continue Reading »