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Environmental Evolutions


Environmental Evolutions explores, with host Megan Berge and expert guests, emerging areas and recent developments in environmental law and policy.

For more information or for questions, please reach out to Megan Berge at + or [email protected]

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Listen to Recent Episodes:

  • Climate Day! Cliffs Notes for the Climate Executive Orders
  • In this episode:
    We provide cliffs notes for the three executive orders signed by President Biden today, January 27, 2020. This episode is the first in our “fast facts” series, which aspires to breakdown recent developments and convoluted issues in 15 minutes or less. For a deeper dive on the orders, please contact, Megan Berge. The executive orders are available at, and you can watch the White House briefing on the orders on C-Span. Finally, as promised in the episode, our most recent webinar on environmental justice activities is available on The upcoming webinars are scheduled for February 18th and March 11th, visit the linked pages to register. 
  • Fast Facts on FERC Developments
  • In this episode:
    Baker Botts Partner Emil Barth joins host, Megan Berge, to discuss the recent certificate policy statement that sets forth the factors it will apply in assessing applications for new natural gas infrastructure. Megan and Emil will also review the interim greenhouse gas policy statement which focuses on how FERC will assess significance from greenhouse gas emissions going forward and how it will count those emissions.
  • Carbon Offsets Q & A
  • In this episode:
    Host and Baker Botts partner, Megan Berge, and Director of Program Development at ClimeCo, Lauren Mechak, answer the questions: What is a carbon offset? What makes a high quality offset? And, what is the process for originating offsets?
  • All Things Chemical: A Conversation with Alex Dunn
  • In this episode:
    We showcase another podcast called All Things Chemical. It recently featured Baker Botts Partner, Alex Dunn, in an episode exploring everything from changes in EPS approach to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act known as FIFRA and what's coming next in this area. Alex is the immediate past Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP). More importantly, Alex is a repeat guest  on Environmental Evolutions.
  • PFAS in Your Products? This Pod's for You
  • In this episode:
    Host Megan Berge talks with partners Josh Frank and Alexandra Dunn about a new litigation trend – consumers bringing lawsuits against companies for not disclosing that certain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are in their products. Recent cases impact fast food, cosmetic, grocery, garment, and are determined to be in their fast food wrappers, cosmetics, or clothing. Resource links, including a quick reference chart of recent cases, are below. 
  • What We Are Watching in 2024
  • In this episode:
    Host Megan Berge asks a cross section of Environmental, Safety, and Incident Response lawyers from a variety of offices one important question: what issue or issues is on their mind for 2024?

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