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.

Dickinson Wright, PLLC
424 Church Street, Suite 1401
Nashville, TN 37219
Immediate Past Chair
TDEC- Office of General Counsel
312 Rosa L Parks Ave 2nd Fl
Nashville, TN 37219-2310
Chambliss Bahner
605 Chestnut St 1700 Liberty Twr
Chattanooga, TN 374500019

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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Volkswagen Announces Compensation Ahead of Potential Trial

Volkswagen is expected to compensate $5,000 to each U.S. car owner that was a sold vehicle that pollutes more than is legally allowed, USA Today reports. The deal could help the automaker avoid a trial before U.S. District Court Judge Charles R. Breyer in San Francisco. Breyer had set a deadline for today for Volkswagen to submit a plan after the automaker admitted last year that it installed “defeat devices” in certain diesel automobiles in order to pass emissions tests.

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