Environmental Law Section

The section informs its members of local, state and national environmental laws and regulations. The section coordinates annual substantive continuing legal education programs on environmental law and produces a quarterly newsletter.

Chair
Chambliss Bahner
605 Chestnut St 1700 Liberty Twr
Chattanooga, TN 374500019
(423)757-0207
Immediate Past Chair
Dickinson Wright, PLLC
424 Church Street, Suite 1401
Nashville, TN 37219
(615)620-1716
Vice-Chair
TN Dept of Environment &...
312 Rosa L Parks Ave., 2nd floor
Nashville, TN 37243
(615)253-4169

UT Law Student Wins Environmental Writing Competition

The TBA Environmental Law Section announced Grant Ruhl, a student at the University of Tennessee College of Law, is the winner of the 2016 Jon E. Hastings Memorial Award Writing Competition. The annual section-sponsored contest is a juried competition for the best legal writing on a topic of Tennessee or federal environmental law and is open to law students enrolled in a Tennessee law school. Ruhl's paper, "An Unpopular Victory: Exploring EPA's 2015 Ozone NAAQS Revisions," addresses the EPA's updated Clean Air Act standard for ozone.

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VW Likely to Face Criminal Penalties

Volkswagen is expected to face criminal and civil penalties for circumventing Clean Air Act standards, but prosecutors have not yet decided the specific criminal charges they might bring against the automaker, according to the Wall Street Journal. The paper reported today that the Justice Department is negotiating a settlement with the car maker but those familiar with the matter said there will be “significant” financial penalties. The Chattanooga Times Free Press has a summary of the article.

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