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Produced by students at Berkeley Law, Ecology Law Quarterly is one of the nation’s most respected and widely read environmental law journals.

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Volume 40, Number 4

ELQ is proud to present the fourth issue of Volume 40 (2013).

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The Legal Status of Environmental Credit StackingRoyal C. Gardner and Jessica FoxRead Article (PDF)

Why Federal Dietary Guidelines Should Acknowledge the Food-Choice / Environment Nexus: Examining the Recommendation to Eat More Seafood
Nell Green NylenRead Article (PDF)

A New Water AccountingGregory S. WeberRead Article (PDF)

Changing the Plan: The Challenge of Applying Environmental Review to Land Use InitiativesKellen ZaleRead Article (PDF)



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Upcoming Issue

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Volume 41, Number 1


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Holding Local Governments Accountable for Environmental Discrimination: the Promise of California Government Code Section 65008Anne Bellows

Weather NEPA Review: Superstorms and Super Slow Urban Recovery
John Marshall

Regulating Pollutants, Good Neighbor Agreements, and Negative Externalities: Who Bears the Burden of Protecting CommunitiesThalia Gonzalez and Giovanni Saarman

Fees, Expenditures, and the Takings Clause
Justin Pidot

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The ELQ Editorial Board welcomes articles for review and publication consideration. ELQ publishes articles and book reviews written by law professors, practitioners, and professionals outside the legal community. ELQ also strongly supports student scholarship and often publishes exceptional pieces written by JD and advanced degree law students. We publish articles covering a diversity of environmental topics, each with a sound argument and a novel approach.

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Ecology Law Currents (section title).

Ecology Law Currents, ELQ’s online-only publication, features short-form commentary and analysis on timely environmental law and policy issues.

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California's Precarious Path to Climate Change Mitigation

Penni Takade

California’s ambitious cap and trade program for greenhouse gases (GHG) began operations in 2013. The program is one of the centerpieces of the state’s climate mitigation plans. As with any major initiative, there are obstacles and weaknesses that can defeat or diminish the fulfillment of the state’s plans. This note discusses two key weaknesses that could undermine the achievement of the state’s ambitious GHG emissions reduction goals.

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The Obsolescence of Environmental Common Law

R. Trent Taylor

Surprisingly, one of the oldest and most utilized areas of our legal system, environmental common law, is currently on the verge of obsolescence. Environmental common law dates back to the seventeenth century. It survived the passage of seemingly comprehensive environmental statutes four decades ago. Now, however, a series of court decisions from the past three years hold that environmental common law actions, regardless of whether they are seeking injunctive relief or monetary damages, are preempted and displaced by federal statutes and regulations.

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Sulfuric Acid Mist: Regulating Uncertainties

Matthew Thurlow

Sulfuric acid mist, also known as H2SO4or SO3, is one of the least publicized air pollutants associated with emissions from coal-fired power plants. Long overshadowed by nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, and carbon dioxide, sulfuric acid mist is typically not emitted in the boundary-crossing and globe-altering quantities of the more frequently discussed air pollutants. In the whirlwind of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent air regulations of coal-fired power plants including the Mercury and Air Toxic Standards for power plants (MATS), the New Source Performance Standards and the Tailoring Rule for greenhouse gases, and the recently vacated Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, sulfuric acid mist has remained relatively untouched. But EPA’s regulations, which have imposed dramatic new emission limits on sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, greenhouse gases, mercury, and hydrochloric acid, are likely to have a significant impact on sulfuric acid mist emission control strategies at coal-fired power plants.

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Geographic Indications as a Tool to Promote Sustainability? Café de Colombia and Tequila Compared

Jennifer Barnette

Geographical indications (GIs) are used to identify products that come from certain regions and have particular characteristics that indicate the product’s quality or reputation. For GIs to promote sustainable agricultural development and benefit local producers, the GI must be managed in a way that values the contribution of traditional knowledge and culture, as well as the link to the specific terroir. Contrasting the management of the Tequila GI and the Café de Colombia GI illustrates the importance of managing the GI in a way that promotes the goals of the producer community, as opposed to multinational corporations further up the supply chain. 

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Currents Submissions

Ecology Law Currents welcomes submissions from academics, practitioners, policy makers, and students. Submissions should be on current environmental issues or cases. All submissions must be original, previously unpublished works and can be in the form of articles, essays, commentaries, or responses to articles published in ELQ.

In order to publish in a timely and efficient manner, we cannot consider pieces longer than 3,000 words.

Please place all citations in footnotes. All quotations, attributions and references to hard data must be cited, but we ask authors to refrain from using string cites. Please include parallel citations to any internet sources and useful websites. Currents welcomes submissions accompanied by multimedia, and interactive components.

Submissions should be typed, double-spaced, in its completed form, and submitted electronically in Microsoft Word format. To submit an article, or for any inquiries regarding Ecology Law Currents, please email:

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