Congratulations to the newly elected Volume 30 Villanova Environmental Law Journal Editorial Board!

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Volume 30, Issue 1

Congratulations to the following authors who have been selected for publication in the Villanova Environmental Law Journal, Volume 30, Issue 1:

“Lowering the Bar?: Reevaluating the Diligent Prosecution Bar in Light of the Gold King Mine Spill” – Connor Adamson 

“The Wild West Re-Lived: Oil Pipelines Threaten Native American Tribal Lands” – Ashley Glick 

“How to Decide Whose Bank Pays: The Impact of Supreme Court Takings Jurisprudence on Environmental Regulations” – Kathleen McCanless

“A Presidential Power of Monumental Proportions: Does the Antiquities Act Permit the Review and Revision of National Monuments or Did President Trump Steal Your Land?” – Maureen McCotter 

“Ocean Acidification: Dealing with Uncharted Waters” – Kimberly Smith 

2018 Villanova Environmental Law Journal Blank Rome LLP Symposium

2018 Villanova Environmental Law Journal Blank Rome LLP Symposium – Standing at the Intersection of Robinson Township and Trump: Current Issues in Real Estate Development and Environmental Law

Attorneys working at the intersection of real estate development and environmental law encounter a host of distinctive issues. Cutting-edge projects are developing renewable energy sources on environmentally contaminated properties. Project developers are working to figure out what it means to mitigate potential environmental concerns in the regulatory environment under the Trump Administration. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in Robinson Township v. Commonwealth continues to reverberate, with uncertain environmental obligations imposed on development projects. The 2018 Villanova Environmental Law Journal Blank Rome LLP Symposium will bring together experienced panelists to discuss and evaluate current issues such as these which attorneys, developers, and regulators are encountering.

The Symposium takes place on Friday, February 9, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the Room 102 of Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law (299 North Spring Mill Road, Villanova). This program is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 3 substantive CLE credits.

For more information or to register, please visit:

Volume XXIX, Issue 2

Congratulations to the following staff writers who have been selected for publication in the Villanova Environmental Law Journal, Volume 29, Issue 2:

Trust the Process? The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s Broad Interpretation of the Environmental Rights Amendment Sent Shockwaves through the Commonwealth in Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation v. Commonwealth – Rebecca Cabrera

Friends of Lackawanna v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Environmental Protection and Keystone Sanitary Landfill, Inc.: Friends Keep Standing for a Clearer Lackawanna – Zoey Lee

Mining for Answers: The Supreme Court of California Addresses the State’s Ability to Exercise its Police Powers on Federal Land in People v. Rinehart – Rohan Mohanty

Alaska Oil & Gas Association v. Pritzker: ESA Listing Upheld After Foreseeing a Warm Future for Bearded Seals – Shawna Riley

Why? Because, Science: How the Ninth Circuit’s Standard of Review in Helping Hand Tools v. EPA Keeps Exemptions for Biomass-Burning on Track – Joshua Schmid

No Harm, No Foul: How the Ninth Circuit’s Decision in Ground Zero Center for Non-Violent Action v. United States Department of the Navy Essentially Weakens the EIS as an Enforcement Mechanism of NEPA – Kathryn Siegeltuch

Volume XXIX, Issue 1

Congratulations to the following staff writers whose articles will be published in Volume 29 Issue 1 of the Villanova Environmental Law Journal:

There’s Something in the Water: How Apathetic State Officials Let the People of Flint, Michigan Down – Kyle Conway

Rising to the Surface: The EPA’s Addition of Subsurface Intrusion as a Component of the Superfund Hazard Ranking System – Kristen Harvilla

Fifteen Minutes of Shame: Social Media and 21st Century Environmental Activism – Chase Karpus

What’s All the Buzz About? Analyzing the Decision to List the Rusty Patched Bumblebee on the Endangered Species List – Christopher Lambe

Move Over Diamonds – Plastics Are Forever: How the Rise of Pollution in Water Can be Regulated – Stephanie Wood